Koko: I have been called a thief by people I trust

Matshela Koko. (Photo: Lameez Omarjee, Fin24)
Matshela Koko. (Photo: Lameez Omarjee, Fin24)

Cape Town - Eskom executive Matshela Koko opened up about the McKinsey-Trillian contract at the Eskom Inquiry on Wednesday afternoon.

“I have been called a thief by people I trust, by people I still trust. I have been called a thief by Suzanne Daniels who I believe is an extremely competent lawyer. I will not call her names,” he said.

Koko then went to present the situation surrounding the McKinsey-Trillian contract, referring to a letter from Daniels recommending Eskom pay McKinsey and its BEE partner (Trillian) R460m.

“What the committee will have to deal with, is Ms Daniels coming here saying Koko is thief because of the Trillian transaction.” Referring to himself in the third person, he said: “Koko puts forward a recommendation from Daniels to pay McKinsey R460m.”

Daniels who was approached by Fin24 for response this week, said that she stands by her testimony to Parliament. “Suffice it to say, I stand by my testimony in Parliament insofar as it pertains to Matshela Koko. I will reserve further comment," she said.

Koko also hit out at former non-executive board member Venete Klein. In his written submission Koko explains that Klein tried to put him in a “bad light” because of resentment she holds against Koko for not helping her husband to procure a project management contract for his company.

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