Eskom's Jabu Mabuza to continue testifying at Zondo commission

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Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza is expected to continue testifying at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday.Mabuza told the commission on Friday, that when he took office at the state-owned entity in January 2018, he found that it was the "main theatre where corruption and state capture was taking place".

Mabuza testified about a Treasury report, which recommended remedial action to rid the power utility of impropriety, and said the current board had not yet seen it.READ: Mabuza testimony at state capture inquiryEvidence leader, advocate Vincent Maleka, SC, asked: "Why would a report such as this not be tabled before a board whose mandate was to clean up allegations of impropriety, at least with the Tegeta set of contracts?"He was referring to Tegeta Exploration and Resources, formerly owned by the Gupta family, which is at the centre of state capture allegations. Tegeta, which started to experience operational challenges, made headlines after it received a 2016 contract, which involved a R600m pre-payment, for the supply of coal to Eskom.

Mabuza responded: "I first learnt of the report in November 2018. It has not yet been tabled to the board."I would argue that there is a new board since this report was served on a previous board that was in office at the time.

It is that board that would have received this report."The 2017 report was compiled as part of a probe into coal supplier contracts with the power utility with specific reference to Tegeta.The Economic Freedom Fighters meanwhile said it wants Mabuza to step down following disclosures he made during his testimony.

The EFF on Saturday said Mabuza disclosed a "serious conflict of interest" during his testimony that should have disqualified him from his position at the power utility.

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