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Matshela Koko canvassed senior Eskom executive to act as CEO ahead of 2015 suspensions

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Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko at a parliamentary inquiry into alleged corruption at Eskom.
Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko at a parliamentary inquiry into alleged corruption at Eskom.
Esa Alexander, Gallo Images, Sowetan

Former top Eskom executive Matshela Koko knew ahead of time of the planned purge of the power utility's top leaders in 2015 and canvassed a senior manager to avail himself to act in the position of CEO following the suspensions, the state capture inquiry heard on Tuesday.

The inquiry, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has since August 2018 been hearing evidence of alleged corruption and fraud at state-owned enterprises, with a key focus on Transnet, SAA and Eskom.

According to testimony from Abram Masango, who headed the Kusile project in 2015, Koko informed him about the impending suspensions of senior executives on 10 March 2015 in a meeting where he was introduced to close Gupta associate Salim Essa. 

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