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Forensic firm to testify on Eskom’s payments to Trillian

Feb 27 2018 07:24
Lameez Omarjee

Cape Town - The Eskom inquiry resumes on Tuesday. A forensic company which investigated allegations of irregular payments made to Gupta-linked Trillian Capital Partners will present evidence.

The portfolio committee on public enterprises will hear evidence presented by G9 Consulting Services, which was commissioned by Eskom.

This relates to Eskom’s contract with consultancy firms McKinsey and its partner in the contract, Trillian. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) found the contract to be invalid and the payments made unlawfully.

In a separate interim report, G9 Consulting Services revealed that Eskom’s own legal advisors warned the state power utility not to enter into the agreement with McKinsey because the proposed revenue model may be illegal, amaBhungane reported.

Further reports by amaBhungane revealed that G9 went so far as to recommend that a criminal investigation be launched, specifically with regard to Eskom’s relationship with Trillian.

Former CFO Anoj Singh and his senior management team including Edwin Mabelane, Prish Govender and Charles Kalim have been implicated in the G9 report.

Singh’s testimony to the inquiry in January was dominated with “I don’t knows”. He said that the McKinsey-Trillian contract was one he inherited.

Singh said all the information he presented was fact-based, supported by evidence he had. But former finance minister and member of the committee Pravin Gordhan lambasted him for not taking responsibility for what happened at Eskom.

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