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Eskom inquiry will recommend criminal proceedings

Oct 24 2018 13:43
Jan Gerber, Fin24

The institution of criminal proceedings and investigations is among the recommendations of the preliminary report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises' Eskom inquiry.

The committee met on Wednesday to discuss the first draft of the report on the Eskom inquiry.

The chairperson of the inquiry, Zukiswa Rantho, said she couldn't divulge too much about the preliminary report, but confirmed to journalists that criminal proceedings and investigations were among the recommendations.

She did not name those against whom these should be instituted, and was only prepared to say some of them had appeared before the inquiry, and others hadn't.

"The committee is satisfied with the recommendations," she said.

"We got to the bottom of what happened at the entity."

Political parties to make submissions

She said in a statement that she had requested that the meeting be a closed one as the committee was dealing with the preliminary report. Furthermore, the report names people implicated and the committee wants to give them the opportunity to go through the report.

The committee is of the view that it would be improper for people to hear and read about their names in the public domain in connection to allegations contained in the report. It thus agreed that individuals implicated in the preliminary report would be given 14 days to respond.

The committee also agreed that political parties would make submissions for further input on the preliminary report.

According to Rantho, all political parties were happy with the report.
She said cosmetic errors would be corrected on the report after which it would be presented to the committee again for adoption.

The committee wants the report to be presented to Parliament before the legislature rises at the end of November.

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