File: Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko during a media briefing about the state of affairs at Eskom on January 15, 2015 in Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG - Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing continues at Eskom’s headquarters in Megawatt Park.
Koko was suspended as CEO of Eskom in August, reportedly for not declaring a conflict of interest over the awarding of a contract to a company linked to his stepdaughter.
He&39;s also accused of being part of the decision to grant a contract to McKinsey and Trillian, which Eskom admits was unlawful.
Koko believes the disciplinary process will be fair.
He says the public has a right to know what happens in his disciplinary hearing and has allowed the media to cover his hearing.
When the disciplinary process started on Wednesday, Koko pleaded not guilty on all charges.
The hearing has been marred by several problems, from tussles over the charge sheet, to allegations that Koko had handpicked the team to oversee the disciplinary.
Koko also has to answer to charges that he failed to declare his wife’s business dealings with the majority owner of Impulse.
The other two charges relate to his alleged improper interference in the Kusile project and its tender processes.
When proceedings finally got under way on Wednesday evening, Eskom’s chief advisor of assurance and forensics Daphne Morwalle was the first witness on the stand.
She’s testified on the conflict of interest documents submitted by Koko in February.
Eskom has previously come under fire for dragging its feet in taking action against Koko.