Inquiry hears Koko leaked documents to help Gupta companies win tenders

Inquiry hears Koko leaked documents to help Gupta companies win tenders

Today the Zondo Commission heard how Matshela Koko had allegedly leaked confidential documents to Salim Essa, Gupta head and associate, in an attempt to help them win tenders at Eskom. Jabu Mabuza testified against the former Eskom head of generation during his second day of testimony at the inquiry.

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Today saw Jabu Mabuza's second day of testimony before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture.

Mabuza testified how Matshela Koko had allegedly leaked confidential documents to Gupta associate Salim Essa in a bid to help Gupta-linked companies to win tenders at Eskom.

The Eskom board chairperson told the commission that Koko had been suspended alongside three other senior executives after intense load-shedding in 2015.

Tsholofelo Molefe, Tshediso Matona and Dan Marokane had been among those suspended. When Koko had been reinstated he had allegedly started sending emails to a third party using infoportal@zoho.com.

A court order had granted Eskom access and the source and recipient of the emails had been investigated. Essa had been identified as the person receiving the emails.

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Eskom had alleged that Suzanne Daniels, former head of legal, had been key in the Gupta family's alleged capture of the utility. Daniels had allegedly acted with other executives to facilitate unusual payments to Trillian and McKinsey. They had further alleged that she had leaked sensitive information to the email address.

Essa had been the owner of Trillian at the time, which had earned almost R600 million from Eskom's R1.6 billion contract with McKinsey.

Mabuza had testified that Koko had started feeding the Gupta associate emails as soon as he had returned from his suspension. He had also added that Koko had returned to work before the investigation into his suspension was complete.

The chairman provided evidence to prove how these emails had guided Essa to the point where his company had been granted the tender.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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