Former legal head at Eskom Suzanne Daniels admitted in an interview with Eusebius McKaiser on Wednesday, that accepts she may be prosecuted for unlawfully signing off on former Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane's legal fees which he incurred while he was still working for the SABC.
Daniels was a whistleblower who made submissions to Parliament, but a disciplinary hearing chaired by Advocate Nazeer Cassim found her to have been involved in questionable contracts at the power utility.
There is debate as to whether Daniels should have signed the invoices, or rather taken a stand not to do so.
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis speaks to Clement Manyathela about Daniels admission.
Of course, we would prefer that a public servant take a stand and do what is correct, but there are three classes of whistleblowing.— David Lewis, Executive director - Corruption Watch
He outlines the three categories of whistleblower:
There is the heroic whistleblower who takes a stand and does what is right after they find corruption.— David Lewis, Executive director - Corruption Watch
There is also a group which Suzzane falls under where she did things that she knew at the time were wrong but because of enormous pressure, they did those things.— David Lewis, Executive director - Corruption Watch
The third category of whistleblowers is the likes of Angelo Aggrizi, who is as crooked as Gavin Watson himself, but because he feared that Watson would spill the beans on him, got his knife in first.— David Lewis, Executive director - Corruption Watch
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi talks about the legal implications of Daniels admission and says it looks forward to hearing her version of events.
We feel it is necessary to get a hold of Daniels, however, there are legal implications that we need to take care of before we get to that stage.— Hangwani Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - Hawks
Firstly she has to give us her statement in the presence of her lawyer so that if there are any comebacks we can deal with that matter as and when they come.— Hangwani Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - Hawks
What is critical for us is that people should know that despite the fact that there was this admission, there are a lot of investigations that we are dealing with at Eskom.— Hangwani Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - Hawks
Listen below to the full interview: