Cape Town - Adding to the evidence before Parliament of how Eskom paid Trillian millions of rands for doing nothing, a former senior employee on Friday said the company did not have any employees but had billed the power utility for R30.6 million.
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen was fingered as one of the senior figures who facilitated work for Trillian from his department.
Former Trillian Management Consulting CEO Bianca Goodson disclosed how Van Rooyen had sat in a meeting with them early last year to discuss the company’s involvement in the government’s Back to Basics programme.
Goodson, was testifying in the state capture inquiry in Parliament yesterday.
Another former Trillian senior employee, Mosilo Mothepu, earlier this week also said that the company was paid millions of rands by Eskom for doing nothing.
Mothepu was the CEO of another subsidiary of Trillian Capital Partners, Trillian Financial Advisory.
Goodson told the members of the portfolio committee on public enterprises she had learnt from one of her colleagues that then finance minister Pravin Gordhan was going to be fired.
Goodson, who worked at Trillian for four months before she quit, said that during her tenure she saw only one invoice at Trillian.
“During my tenure at Trillian I saw one invoice. It was for R30.6m. It was for a corporate plan and it was for (suspended Eskom chief financial officer) Anoj Singh,” she said.
“What is concerning with hindsight is between January and March 2016 there were two people working there. We were building a company. When I saw that invoice of R30.6m I didn’t know what it was for,” Goodson said.
She later was shown details of other transactions by Advocate Geoff Budlender, SC when he was leading an inquiry into Trillian.
She said the meeting with Van Rooyen took place in early January last year at the offices of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (Misa) in Pretoria. Before the meeting she was asked to compile a profile of the company to be submitted to Van Rooyen. Van Rooyen had shared plans of the department with Trillian.
“At the meeting with the minister we presented the respective capabilities of each company. The minister seemed happy with those capabilities,” said Goodson.
She did not follow through on whether Trillian got work at the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs because she quit.
In her testimony this week Mothepu said Trillian was paid R600m by Eskom for doing nothing. She said she saw details of the transactions when she met with Budlender.