Eskom spokesperson says Matshela Koko has no 'reputation to defend' as he fights defamation suit

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Former Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko says his dignity has been damaged.
Former Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko says his dignity has been damaged.
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Eskom spokesperson and former journalist Sikonathi Mantshantsha is defending himself against an R600 000 defamation suit brought by Matshela Koko by arguing that the former acting Eskom CEO has no reputation to defend and is engaging in a "publicity stunt".

"Mr Koko has no reputation for good reason. He should be ashamed of the way he has conducted himself," Mantshantsha, a former Business Day and Financial Mail journalist named Eskom spokesperson in 2018, states in his affidavit. 

Koko, who abruptly resigned from Eskom in early 2018 at the start of a disciplinary inquiry, and Mantshantsha have been locked in a defamation battle since September 2020 when Koko claimed three of Mantshantsha's tweets had caused great harm to his reputation and dignity. 

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