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ANALYSIS: There will be blood at Eskom

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Johannesburg - The ruptures of Gupta involvement at Eskom will continue to haunt the state utility for some time yet, even as it embarks on the difficult process of identifying and holding all employees involved in its capture to account.

This week it appeared that Eskom had taken action against employees complicit in the corruption that has eaten through the state utility. But by the end of the week, everyone was at work again and the reported suspensions swept away.

Business Day reported on Thursday that five senior officials were suspended as a result of their deals with Trillian, after the paper had seen the suspensions letters. On Wednesday it emerged that Eskom’s head of procurement, Edwin Mabelane, and the acting commercial general manager, Charles Kalima, were suspended. Three other suspension letters were written, but never issued, including that of Prish Govender, head of group capital.

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