The Eskom Board was set to testify during the State Capture inquiry in Parliament, but this has been placed on hold.
The inquiry has seen accusations and counter-accusations from former Eskom chair Zola Tsotsi, as he implicates Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.
The heated back and forth exchange between Pravin Gordhan and Brown was tense, reports EWN reporter Rahima Essop.
These are two members of the same party and they are former Cabinet colleagues, meaning that they had to close ranks whenever the ANC-lead government came under political attack. But now they appear to be on opposite sides of the fence.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
Essop says that during Gordhan and Brown’s conversation, Gordhan pointed out that as an activist back in the day, ANC members were trained to survive interrogations by security police.
In a stinging summary, Gordhan concludes that Brown has offered denial after denial in the face of mounting evidence of corruption.
He named about a dozen or so incidents that are featured prominently in this State Capture investigation.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
Essop lists a few incidents Gordhan mentions:
- The controversies surrounding Eskom's coal purchase agreements
- The suspension of innocent, competent executives in March 2015
- Dude Myeni's involvement in the suspensions
- Eskom board members linked to the Gupta family
And yet, we as the public and Parliament are expected to believe that this board is genuinely professional and goes through the processes of selection, that has been indicated here.— Pravin Gordhan, former Minister of Finance
Listen to Gordhan's list of corruption at Eskom here: