Koko, the power utility’s former interim group chief executive, has been cleared of the misconduct charges he was facing following a highly publicised disciplinary hearing. According to Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, Koko was expected to report for work on Monday.
Koko faced charges relating to, among others, failure to properly declare a conflict of interest because his step-daughter Koketso Choma was a shareholder in Impulse International, a company that had won a number of Eskom contracts. Eskom also charged Koko for usurping the authority of members of his executive team when he was interim chief executive.
In a closing submission to the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing Mzungulu Mthombeni, Koko last month said Eskom had failed “dismally” to establish a prima facie case on any of the charges he faced.
Koko also said it was “just and equitable” that the cash-strapped Eskom should foot his legal costs, saying the charges against him had proved to be spurious. He said Eskom had put him to massive expense unnecessarily, “even more so taking into account the leisurely manner in which it went about to pursue the charges.” He said it would be unfair for him to pay his lawyers from his own pocket.