First, it was Eskom's former CEO Brian Molefe who testified at the State Capture Enquiry in Parliament on Tuesday evening, and now, Zola Tsotsi took the stand on Wednesday.
It has been a morning of jaw-dropping testimony says EWN reporter Rahima Essop. Essop highlights that Eskom’s former chair, Zola Tsotsi dropped the ultimate bombshell when he spoke of a meeting he had with Dudu Myeni and Jacob Zuma in Durban, March 2015.
Tsotsi laid out a sequence of astonishing events, that showed how alleged key players in the state capture machinery have been operating, says Essop.
His story starts with a meeting with Minister Lynne Brown. Brown, he says, accused him of interfering with management and she warned that if he didn’t refrain from interfering, she would find someone else to do the job.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
Tsotsi claimed that was asked to meet with Tony Gupta, who accused him of not cooperating, says Essop. He goes on to say that Gupta warned him that they could hire or fire Eskom board members says Essop.
Essop proceeds to read a quote from Tsotsi’s statement, referencing what Tony Gupta told him:
We are the one’s who put you in the position you are in, we are the ones who can take you out.— Zola Tsotsi, former ESKOM Chair
Tsotsi responded by stating that he should be left to do his job says Essop.
It was at this point that he got the sense that sinister clouds were gathering.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
Tsotsi goes on to claim in his statement, Jacob Zuma asked him to postpone the boards first meeting, which was scheduled to take place on the 26 February 2015 says Essop. A week later, Myeni called him to a meeting at the President's home in Durban and advised Tsotsi to suspend three executives and institute an inquiry says Essop.
Essop highlights that Myeni is the former SAA Chairperson so the events that unfolded, raised questions about her involvement and role as she had no business in Eskom's matters.
Now he says he tried to push back against the suspensions, but she said it was necessary and convinced him by saying that the three executives, were not accused of any wrongdoing but they needed to step aside to give space for the inquiry.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
President Zuma walked into the room, he seemed aware of what was about to happen and the axe that was about to fall on the three executives Tsotsi claims, reports Essop.
After Zola Tsotsi’s testimony, he told MPs that he requested certain documents from the Eskom board, which he didn’t receive says Essop. She goes on to say that he needed these documents to substantiate his claims.
After MPs broke to discuss the issue, they informed the current board chair, Zethembe Khoza that he should make those documents available to corroborate the astonishing statement made by Tsotsi, says Essop.
To hear Essops remarks on Brian Molefe’s testimony, click on the audio below…
Watch the video of Tsoti in Parliament.
This article first appeared on 702 : [WATCH] Zola Tsotsi drops bombshell about Zuma meeting at State Capture Inquiry