Ben Ngubane, former Eskom board Chairman, on Tuesday said that the power utility paid suspended executive staff members to walk away, because “that’s what Eskom does”. This was during another appearance at the State Capture Commission. Ngubane testified about media statements and board resolutions that were drafted by known Gupta associates. It appears that they knew that Zola Tsotsi would be fired before the board made a decision.
The former chairman claims Eskom paid three executives their full annual salaries to make way for an inquiry that the commission found was conceptualised at Jacob Puma’s residence. Advocate Pule Seleka made his conclusion about why it was done. “You kick them out, you pay them for staying at home doing nothing – you get Dentons to start an investigation which is actually a farce and pay them R20million six weeks into the job because by that time the board had achieved the mandate of whoever was directing it.”
While Ngubane said he wished the country would acknowledge the good work that the board did, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said a balanced view had to be taken and wrong must be highlighted to make sure it’s not repeated.