Lynne Brown is incapable and captured: former Eskom spokesman

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

Qoma said Ngubane had later confirmed to him Khoza's narrative, and "that he indeed received a call from Minister Brown to not go ahead with the suspension".

"Across the entire saga of state capture, Minister Brown has been telling South Africans that she isn't wet, in spite of the fact that she is fully submerged under water".

Qoma told Parliament's Public Enterprises committee that Koko was bad for the parastatal's image.

Qoma said Khoza then switched to Zulu and added that the board members were so young that they looked like school children.

He told MPs that former board chairperson Ben Ngubane was on the verge of suspending Koko early this year, but Brown intervened. Koko had already left the office for the day and was summoned back. "I understood that to mean a Gupta brother".

He said Khoza conceded that he had "called one of the G [Gupta] brothers" and that this prompted Brown's intervention. Khoza had told a "G-brother" of the impending suspension and he had, in turn, contacted Brown, who stopped Koko's suspension.

Qoma, a communications expert who was appointed at Eskom on December 1 a year ago, with a mandate to rescue the utility's battered reputation in the wake of the Public Protector's State of Capture report, said Brown's strategy of claiming "I was lied to" and "I didn't know" was a public admission of incompetence.

"The problem here is the minister". This Minister needs to sit here and account because this mess would not have been possible if she was a capable minister. "She is totally incapable", he said.

Qoma said he had met Khoza at his (Khoza's) home on June 17, to discuss a proposal to suspend both Koko and Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh.

He said Ngubane told him that he knew that there was "an arrangement with Molefe but did not know the quantum".

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.

The latest Eskom financial report presented to the government shows that the power utility will have only R1.2bn in its cash reserves at the end of November.

However Singh vehemently objected and insisted that only a redacted version be made available and only through successful application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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