Eskom Interim Chairman denies bribery allegation
Photo: File
Eskom Interim Chairman denies bribery allegation Photo: File
Eskom board interim chairperson, Zethembe Khoza, has denied accusations of bribery 
Photo: File
Eskom board interim chairperson, Zethembe Khoza, has denied accusations of bribery Photo: File
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom interim chairman, Zethembe Khoza, has rejected allegations that he attempted to bribe a member of Parliament.

On Sunday Business Live reported that State Security Minister, Bongani Bongo alleged that he was sent by Khoza to bribe parliamentary inquiry evidence leader, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara.

Bongo's allegations are documented in a sworn affidavit that has been sent to parliament's top officials.

The alleged bribe was sent by Khoza to collapse the inquiry into the alleged capture of Eskom.

In an issued press statement, Eskom Khoza said: "I have never spoken to Mr Bongo, and I have never met him".

Khoza further states that he is in support of the parliamentary investigation into Eskom and pointed out that he had earlier written to the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee communicating his willingness to provide evidence before the committee.

The matter is now undergoing an inquiry through the parliamentary ethics committee.

Bongo's allegations are in line with the recent attempts to halt the inquiry. Bongo formed part of a group of MP's that went to Luthuli House in October in order to plead with party officials to shelve the parliamentary inquiry into the administration of affairs of Eskom, Denel and Transnet.

Vanara alleged that a blank cheque was offered to him in order to disrupt the inquiry by either resigning or faking an illness.

"I have absolutely no reason why I, or Eskom, would want to collapse the inquiry when we have been calling for such a legally-constituted platform so that we can place before the committee," Khoza said.


- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE