WATCH LIVE | Zondo inquiry: Zola Tsotsi to be re-examined by his legal team

24 January 2020 - 10:31 By TimesLIVE

The state capture inquiry resumes on Friday with Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi being re-examined by his legal team. 

On Thursday the Zondo commission heard details of how former Eskom CEO Collin Matjila irregularly signed a R43m breakfast sponsorship with the New Age (TNA) newspaper.

Tsotsi admitted to poor oversight and ignorance by the board after failing to terminate the contract.

In April 2014, Matjila approved the sponsorship for the TNA breakfasts, barely two months into the job after then public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba ensured he was appointed to the position.

Later that year, former public protector Thuli Madonsela wrote to Tsotsi instructing Eskom to “hold in abeyance” the contract, which had been declared irregular, until Madonsela had finalised her investigation into it.

But the Tsotsi-led Eskom board dilly-dallied around the issue without terminating the contract until it was disbanded in December 2014.

The new board, still chaired by Tsotsi, also did not follow Madonsela's instructions.