Eskom probe: 'bags of money' to Sunday Times reporter was 'full of lies'

26 November 2017 - 00:00 By DIANNE HAWKER

Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko distributed an affidavit at his disciplinary hearing on Thursday that claimed bags of money were given to various people, including a Sunday Times journalist.
The affidavit was deposed by Ntokozo Dubazana, a former bodyguard of Eskom's ex-contracts manager, France Hlakudi.
The affidavit was not handed in as evidence at the hearing."The day before publication, he told his editors that Impulse International's CEO, Pragasen Pather, wrote R500,000 on a piece of paper and told him: 'This now, and the same again on Monday.' Again he refused.
"It was after these efforts failed that Mzilikazi was told he was being followed and that his life was under threat. The Sunday Times published a story about that and hired protection for him.
"After these efforts to throw Mzilikazi off the scent were thwarted, the next step is to try to discredit him through this affidavit.
"Mzilikazi wa Afrika has denied the allegations: 'I don't know the incident this man is describing. I never met anyone at that place. I never gave my keys to anyone; it's a security risk. No one has ever given me a bribe. As a matter of fact I refused a bag of money from Koko himself in the middle of the night. Why would I accept a bag of money in daylight? I also refused a bribe from Pragasen Pather.'
"In the absence of any credible information, Sunday Times stands by its reporter. If anyone has evidence of any payments they should come forward. Koko himself has never raised these issues with Sunday Times."

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