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All eyes on Singh as #EskomInquiry resumes

Dec 05 2017 07:00
Jan Cronje

Cape Town - The board of power utility Eskom, as well as its suspended CFO Anoj Singh, will give evidence before Parliament's oversight committee on public enterprises on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the committee continues its state capture inquiry despite much of Parliament shutting down for the festive season. 

Members of the National Assembly have already started their holiday season break, while the National Council of Provinces will wrap up their term on Wednesday. 

The Parliament inquiry into corporate governance in Eskom has, since mid-October, been grilling former executives, ex-board members and various government officials on the power utility's questionable record of corporate governance, as well as allegations of corruption and maladministration.

The question-and-answers sessions have often continued late into the night, with committee members and witnesses at times only leaving shortly before midnight. 

The inquiry has already heard evidence, from, among others, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, ex-Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe, former chairperson Zola Tsotsi and suspended legal head Suzanne Daniels. 

But this week all eyes will be on the testimony provided by Singh. 

The former top Transnet and Eskom executive was suspended by Eskom in late September, after being placed on special leave at the end of July. 

As fin24 previously reported, his exit followed mounting allegations that he was involved in irregularly awarding contracts to Gupta-linked businesses, while also receiving gifts and trips from the controversial family.

An investigative report by amaBhungane and Scorpio, co-published by Fin24 in early September, reported that the Gupta family had bankrolled six or seven luxury Dubai stays for Singh, and even "opened a shell company for Singh in a highly secretive United Arab Emirates jurisdiction".

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