Eskom Inquiry: Eskom suspended head of legal bares all

Eskom’s suspended head of legal’s testimony at the Eskom Inquiry shed more light on the Gupta influence at the SOE, and Lynne Brown’s role in the matter.

The suspended head of state-owned enterprise Eskom’s legal department, Suzanne Daniels, shocked the inquiry into affairs at the power utility with her revelations related to the Gupta family and Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown.

Daniels testified at the inquiry on Wednesday, describing the intricate workings of influence at Eskom, with the Gupta family at its centre.

Among the shocking revelations made by Daniels was the attempt by Ajay Gupta to influence the court case involving former Eskom chief executive officer Brian Molefe. Daniels says that he tried to manipulate the dates that Molefe would appear in court.

Daniels also brought Lynne Brown’s role in the saga into question, when she contradicted the minister’s statement that she did not know about Molefe’s retirement package. The former Eskom head of legal said that the minister was aware that Molefe was allowed to retire with full pension benefits.

Former chief financial officer at the utility, Anoj Singh, wasn’t spared either in Daniels’ testimony.

She told the inquiry that the suspended CFO was practically involved in the R1.6-billion payments to Gupta-linked Trillian Capital Partners and global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. Daniels claims that Singh helped disguise those payments.

%u200BDaniels was suspended from her position after handing the Public Enterprises Minister a report – requested by the minister – into Eskom’s dealings with Trillian.

The inquiry continues in Parliament.

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