Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is set to commence a full scale Parliamentary Inquiry into the rot at Eskom.
The South African power utility came under the spotlite after the reports of complex corruption and state capture by the President Jacob Zuma’s friends, the Guptas.
Parliament has announced that the preparations for the inquiry will begin on Thursday, 21 June, the day which the Portfolio Committee will meet to proceed with “[discussions] and preparations for the inquiry into Eskom and related matters”.
The Inquiry is set to focus on a broad range of issues that have plunged the entity into crisis. Specifically, the inquiry must investigate:
- Brian Molefe’s reappointment saga and his “golden handshake”;
- Minister Brown seemingly misleading Parliament, in her reply to a DA parliamentary question, when she failed to disclose the contracts of engagement between the Gupta-linked, Trillian and Eskom;
- Matshela Koko’s nepotism scandal;
- Allegations by former Mineral Resources Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, that Molefe and Chairperson Ben Ngubane tried to strong-arm him to withdraw Glencore’s Optimum mining licences in order to guarantee that the Guptas takeover Glencore’s coal mines; and
- Allegations of Duduzane Zuma producing a fake ‘intelligence’ report which the President used to fire four Eskom executives in 2015.
According to the country’s constitution, Parliament is the only body that is empowered to oversee and investigate the governance failures and corrupt rot at Eskom, and only Parliament can ensure that the entity operates effectively for the people of South Africa