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Rough start to Koko’s Eskom disciplinary hearing

Eskom’s disciplinary process in respect of suspended executive Matshela Koko got off to a rough start, with the chairman arriving unprepared and unable to proceed with the hearing.

Advocate Mzungulu Mthombeni, who only had a notebook and pen with him, explained that he had only been appointed on Friday and had been furnished with neither a charge sheet nor the case files. Mthombeni was also quick to concede that he did not know what the terms of reference of the case were.

The hearing got stuck on the first point of argument, necessitating an adjournment. Koko’s legal representatives raised the issue of Mthombeni’s status as an independent chairman. Mthombeni admitted he had not read Eskom’s disciplinary code. Koko is accused of not declaring a conflict of interest after he contributed to awarding about R1bn in deals to a company in which his stepdaughter is a shareholder. The case resumed today..

Source: SA Labour News