The minister, her lover and the Koko mystery
On November 30 last year Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced Matshela Koko as Eskom's acting CEO. This followed Brian Molefe's resignation from the power utility after being linked to the Guptas in a damning report by former public protector Thuli Madonsela. Brown appointed Koko despite mounting evidence that he was also a Gupta-family lackey.
Koko had earlier been exposed as the one who approved a R578-million pre-payment to Tegeta, which enabled the Gupta family to buy a mine using our tax rands. He was then caught lying on national television when he denied ever authorising the pre-payment.
Back then we all wondered why Brown had chosen Koko. Even after he was exposed as unethical, corruptible and totally compromised, Brown remained unmoved in her support of both Koko and the Eskom board.