JOHANNESBURG – While those serving on the parliamentary inquiry into state capture sift thousands of pages of evidence and assess hundreds of hours of testimony to determine whose hands are dirty, one line of investigation being pursued by DA MP Natasha Mazzone may provide a breakthrough.
During questioning on Tuesday of the Eskom head of generation Matshela Koko, Mazzone told him she made applications in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to both comb Home Affairs records and to “forensically audit” a certain email.
The email was sent from Koko’s personal email address. This is just one of the between 100, 000 and 200, 000 explosive emails that were revealed last year in the wake of the so-called Gupta leaks.
Mazzone asked Koko if his personal email address was email@example.com. To which he admitted, but this particular address had been “discontinued by Yahoo”. The reason was “illegal or unauthorised” activity.
“It later became active, and then became discontinued again,” he told Mazzone. She advised him that a few interesting and disturbing things” had happened when it was active.
Koko denied having sent an email to DG Seleke, to which she asked if he thought certain emails were created.
“I’m saying I’ve heard many versions about those emails, and I think there’s a way to verify them, and they must be verified.” Koko replied.