JOHANNESBURG – You have been part of bringing Eskom to its knees, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan told the power utility’s former chief financial officer Anoj Singh on Tuesday evening.
“There have been downgrades on your watch. There’s a liquidity problem on your watch. You’ve been part of bringing Eskom down to its knees; the biggest utility on the African continent….you’ve been part of the team that’s brought it to its knees.” Gordhan added.
Singh- who was testifying under oath before the parliamentary inquiry into state capture- presented the inquiry with evidence into Eskom’s role in the purchase of Optimum coal mine by Tegeta as well as the R1.68-billion pre-payment agreement to that company. He also presented evidence on the relationship between McKinsely and Trillian and the state of corporate governance at the utility.
Two hours into proceedings, evidence leader Ntuthuzelo Venara warned him to stop being evasive.
“I’m getting a distinct impressive from you that you are very evasive on issues you have a direct responsibility for, and where they didn’t go right. And you are quick to others,” Venara told him.
Singh’s apparent evasiveness also provoked Gordhan to raise a point of order.
“Do you think we are little children that each time we ask you a question, you say you don’t remember? We can’t sit through this farce, because that’s what this is at the moment,” Gordhan declared, calling on chair Zukiswa Rantho to intervene.
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