Qoma: Minister Brown blocked move to suspend Koko

'Eskom's problem is Lynne Brown'

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"The current acting chairperson said this new board, including the minister, as I stated, they are captured...

He says on June 23, which would have been the date of the AGM [annual general meeting], four board members are going to be announced and those board members have been appointed by the Guptas", he told the parliamentary inquiry conducted by the portfolio committee on public enterprises.

A short while later‚ Brown phoned to stop the suspension‚ leading to the conclusion that the Gupta brother must have phoned Brown to inform her of the imminent suspension of Koko. He added that both Singh and Koko had a history of reporting to the Guptas.

Qoma said Khoza had also told him that Brown was captured and reported to the Guptas. That is water to her, so she's in the mist of water yet she says: "I'm not wet".

"She lies and she lies. But to think that she's allowed to carry on as minister of public enterprises is not only mind boggling, it makes no business sense whatsoever", she said.

Qoma was scathing of Brown's track record as public enterprises minister and of her claims that she was unaware or had been lied to about key events in Eskom's turbulent affairs. The minister needs to sit here and account because this mess would not have been possible if she was capable. "She's totally incapable, there's no doubt about that".

He said Brown had lied about her relationship with Trillian, formerly owned by Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa, because she had been embarrassed by media reports. Instead, Brown put "her head down and hoped everyone would forget".

Qoma is the author of an internal report which accused the board of failing to act decisively against compromised senior executives.

Qoma also accused the board of ignoring mismanagement at the expense of the utility.

Qoma described the debacle in which Eskom allowed disgraced Molefe to retire on a full pension of R30 million at the age of 50 after he was implicated in state capture by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as a "well-orchestrated Ponzi scheme".

Qoma, who was hired to improve Eskom's dire public image, said he had managed to get Ngubane to agree to release the Dentons report, which outlines the causes for the company's financial trouble, including overpaying for diesel and coal, letting staff handpick suppliers and set themselves up for lucrative deals.

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