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Eskom Inquiry update: Qoma accuses Minister Brown of being a liar

Following weeks in the parliamentary spotlight during the Eskom Inquiry, Eskom board spokesperson Khulani Qoma, has accused Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for being the bad apple causing the state capture crisis that has Eskom under close eye.

“She lies and she lies,” Qoma was quote saying by Fin24.

“The problem here is the minister. She is in the midst of water and yet she says she is not wet,” Qoma told Parliament’s Eskom inquiry into state capture.

“The minister will never be able to explain why she is in the midst of water and she is not wet,” he added.

Qoma said: “We are too polite” and see her office as more important than substance of what she has done.

“She lies and she lies. She thinks we can’t see these things,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that if we deal with the respect of office, this minister needs to sit here and account. She is totally incompetent.”

Citing Fin24, commenting on the time the Minister lied about Eskom’s payments to Trillian in Parliament, Qoma said: “The minister lied because she used that information from Eskom. She was embarrassed by media reports that stated she had lied.

“Fast forward and she did not do anything. She is the minister in this government. Someone causes her to lie, yet she doesn’t find anything wrong with it.

“She contested it for a minute and then moved on as if she hadn’t been lied to. She put her head down and hoped everyone would forget.”

He added: “You have to be totally lost to realise this is unacceptable for a minister. (Suspended Eskom CFO Anoj) Singh did not face any music on this.”

Executive suspension

According to Fin24, the Dentons investigation, which saw a variety of executives suspended from the parastatal in 2015 – including suspended executive Matshela Koko – Qoma said the investigation excluded terms of reference that would have held Koko guilty.

He said the other executives – which were found innocent but then left Eskom – were only added because they were Koko’s competition in the leadership race at Eskom.

“The minister appointed Koko (as acting CEO) when he had lied on Carte Blanche. There were media reports that suggested he was corrupt,” he said.

“She did not need to do any due diligence. She brought (former CEO Brian) Molefe and Anoj, who are responsible for the destruction of Eskom. She has not responded to the interest of her lover at Eskom.”


Featured image: Minister Lynne Brown. Pic credit: Times LIVE

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.