Suspended Eskom executives return to work

Suspended Eskom executives return to work

After two disciplinary hearings, Prish Govender and Matshela Koko are set to return to their executive posts at Eskom.

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The two executives at Eskom have been reinstated after they were cleared by disciplinary processes.


Prish Govender is already back in his post as acting head of group capital, while Matshela Koko is set to return to the office as group CEO of generation on Monday.


Govender was suspended over allegations surrounding a contract between the power utility and the global consultancy firm McKinsey.


Eskom says the disciplinary hearing found Govender followed all the necessary payment and contractual processes.


In 2017, Eskom admitted to paying McKinsey and Trillian - then owned by Gupta associate Salim Essa - R1.6 billion in total, despite warnings by Eskom's own legal advisors not to sign the contract.


Koko was meanwhile accused of suspicious business dealings with his stepdaughter.


He was accused of awarding a R1 billion in contracts to Impulse International, partly owned by his stepdaughter.


Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says the investigation into Koko found "that he actually did comply, and therefore he was not found guilty".


Phasiwe says the power utility is aware of some political parties objecting to the re-instatement, but adds they had to comply with labour processes.


He says should anyone wish to challenge the decision in court, Eskom will "duly comply, and present our case there".


Meanwhile, the parliamentary inquiry into alleged state capture at the power utility is also set to resume soon.

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