Koko takes aim at Hlakudi

JOHANNESBURG – – Suspended Eskom Executive Matshela Koko on Thursday took a swipe at former senior manager for contracts management at Kusile power station France Hlakudi saying he received a R61million bribe from Tubular Construction Projects, a subcontractor at Kusile.

Koko, was testifying at his disciplinary hearing at Eskom’s offices, when he brought these serious allegations to executives present.

Koko accused Hlakudi of fraud and miss management of funds at the power utility, adding that approximately R38m was withdrawn in cash between January 2016 and August 2017.

According to Koko, the money was used to pay a “retainer” and it is not clear how the rest of the money was used; but confirmed that Nombasa Mantashe andMildred Nyoka received R978000 and R200000 respectively.

“Following the allegations of corruption at Kusile” Koko said, “my instruction to remove Hlakudi from the Kusile project led to my suspension”

“It is a consequence of my action to remove Hlakudi. Once I insisted that Hlakudi must be moved, the media frenzy began,” he added.

The embattled Koko also accused Hlakudi and suspended Eskom head of legal and compliance Suzanne Daniels for leaking information about him.

Fraudulent allegations, which include Koko’s step-daughter Koketso Choma (former director of Impulse International affiliated with Eskom) led to his suspension, literally for failing to declare a conflict of interest.




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