Eskom suspends senior official

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CAPE TOWN - State-owned power utility Eskom has placed its senior general manager of assurance and forensics, Molefi Nkhabu, on precautionary suspension pending an investigation into circumstances surrounding internal audit investigation reports.

In a statement on Thursday, Eskom said the investigation was related to transactions that Nkhabu signed off, which contained inferences or conclusions which had the effect of exonerating certain previous Eskom executives implicated in maladministration.

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“The Eskom executive management, whilst espousing the principle of the presumption of innocence, due to the seniority of Mr Nkhabu and the seriousness of the allegations made against him, took a decision that it would be better for him to be suspended until the investigation is finalised,” the company said. 

“The Board and executive management of Eskom are keen and resolute in rooting out maladministration.”