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eskomBusiness Report writes that cash- strapped Eskom is set to foot reinstated executive Matshela Koko’s legal costs, the state-owned power utility said on Wednesday.  

Koko, former interim group chief executive, has been cleared of the misconduct charges he was facing following a highly publicised disciplinary hearing.  He is expected to report for work on Monday, 8 January.  Koko faced several charges including failure to properly declare a conflict of interest because his step-daughter was a shareholder in a company that had won a number of Eskom contracts.  He was initially placed on special leave and later suspended on full pay.  In his findings, the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing, Mzungulu Mthombeni, said it would not be just, equitable and reasonable to expect Koko to carry the burden of a massive legal bill.  He said Eskom should consider paying “reasonable” legal costs to be negotiated by the parties.  On Wednesday, Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe, indicated:  “We have not been presented with the costs by Koko’s legal representatives but, if and when that happens, Eskom will pay the standard costs that we usually pay for such cases.”

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