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Conflicting testimony muddies the waters around sudden suspension of Eskom execs in 2015

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Dr. Ben Ngubane.
Dr. Ben Ngubane.

The true reasons for the sudden suspension of four top Eskom executives five years ago have remained a mystery, even after a week of lengthy testimonies by former leaders of the state-owned power utility, including the firm's erstwhile chairperson Zola Tsotsi and its ex-CEO Tshediso Matona.

A week after the four key executives were suspended without warning in March 2015, rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Eskom's credit rating, saying the suspensions had "led us to have less confidence in the company's corporate governance arrangement". After the four were suspended, Brian Molefe and Anoj Singh joined the power utility. 

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