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Former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane appears in state capture inquiry again to give Eskom-related evidence

Former Eskom board chair Ben Ngubane appeared on state capture inquiry on Tuesday to make submissions at the commission thereof.

He told the commission that he was not aware of the dodgy dealings of regarding Brian Molefe’s appointment as the Chief Justice Office (CEO) of Eskom back in 2017, added that neither did he know about the prepayment deal worth of R1,68 billion to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources later that year.

As allegation were made that Molefe’s position was discussed n meeting attended by Guptas in 2015 that he would be the CEO of Eskom.

“In the black community there are few people who have capabilities of Brian Molefe. It would be easy to predict someone’s trajectory based on their capabilities. Sometimes you get to a point where the same people with Molefe’s skills an capabilities circulate in top positions from one government department to the other,” said Ngubane.

When Ngubane was giving his testimony in September, he said the suspension of the former Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, director of finance Tsholofelo Molefe, technology boss and group capital head Dan Marokane was based on reasons provided by board chairperson Zola Tsotsi.

Ngubane said Tsotsi convinced Eskom board in March 2015 to suspend the four Eskom executives, but later he said the suspension were made at the behest of former South African Airlines (SAA) SOC Limited chairperson Dudu Myeni, now the executive charperson of the Jacob G Zuma Foundation. He said the idea was presented before South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma

Eskom is sold “rubbish coal” Ngubane tell the commission at the state capture inquiry – Gupta linked interference at Eskom

Ngubane told the commission that Eskom was sold rubbish and explains how an Eskom board member helped the Guptas to acquire the Optimum Coal Mine.

It is said the company was facing liquitation when it made a deal with Eskom to provide them with “rubbish coal” for that year – that’s when Eskom paid a pre-pay of R1,68 billion.

Logically, this explains the load shedding that was faced in South Africa whilst Eskom was still recovering from the loss of money pre-paid to Gupta’s coal mine which did not work Eskom.

Ngubane said external influences existed as he believes it led to the decision of Eskom to make a deal with the supplier of “rubbish coal.”