The state capture commission on Tuesday failed to finalise the evidence of former Eskom executive Matshela Koko, as it had planned.
Koko was scheduled for a grilling on transactions that Eskom engaged in, particularly those that favoured companies linked to the Gupta family, such as a prepayment to mining company Tegeta.
This evidence was meant to last all of Tuesday, but the day was instead spent on former Eskom senior manager for fuel resources Ayanda Nteta, who was excused before wrapping up her testimony. The remainder of the time was used to revisit issues arising from Koko’s previous appearances at the commission.
Among those was the contentious “businessman” info portal e-mail address to which Eskom executives sent sensitive internal communications. Conflicting versions have been presented at the commission as to who the e-mail address belonged to.
Some, such as former Eskom company secretary Suzanne Daniels, have claimed that it belonged to a Gupta aide, businessman Salim Essa.
Others have claimed that the domain belonged to former director-general of the department of public enterprises, Richard Seleke, while some such as Koko believed it to be the e-mail address of then Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane.
Koko defended himself for sending Eskom internal communication to an e-mail that potentially belonged to an outside party. He blamed Daniels for this, saying it was she who told him that the domain was the private e-mail account for Ngubane.
“I am shocked, I am flabbergasted and it angers me. I received this e-mail address after my suspension in 2015 from Ms Daniels,” said Koko. “After my suspension was lifted I met with her and Ms Daniels gave me the e-mail address, saying I needed to keep the [chairperson] informed.
“In her view, the chairman, Dr Ngubane, uses this e-mail. This is the chairman’s e-mail address, that is what she said to me. If it turns out that Mr Essa owns it, it makes me angry.”