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eskomBusiness Report writes that at the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom currently being held, it was discovered that the power utility delayed the suspension of former acting CEO Matshela Koko in 2017 to avoid litigation.  

Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara grilled former Eskom board chair Ben Ngubane on why Eskom did not act on suspending Koko.  Ngubane said:  “To suspend directly on a whistleblower note (i.e. whistleblower allegation) without going through process would be illegal.  He would have taken us to the CCMA and Labour court and won if we took steps not in law or policy.”  Ngubane was also grilled by Vanara about witnesses' claims that he received a phone call from former public enterprises minister Brown ahead of a board meeting last year that put paid to a resolution to suspend Koko.  But he refused to answer the allegations that Lynne Brown had intervened to stop the suspension of Koko.   Ngubane was also questioned on former CEO Brian Molefe and his appointment, salary as well as early retirement.  He replied:  "I do not set levels of payment at Eskom or any state-owned enterprise.  The chairman of a board does not set payment levels.  We get that from the system."  

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