Power utility Eskom has dismissed reports suggesting that the disciplinary hearing into the company’s suspended group executive Matshela Koko has collapsed.

Eskom says the hearing is being conducted in a fair, professional, and transparent manner and the media has been granted permission to attend a matter that would normally be treated as an internal matter. Koko was suspended earlier this year.

He’s facing six charges of misconduct relating over contracts worth approximately R1 billion awarded to a company of which his step-daughter‚ Koketso Choma‚ was a director.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, “The truth is on Saturday there were a number of witnesses that were lined up, some of them continued giving their evidence, the other ones decided not to go ahead because of reasons submitted to evidence leader and also chairperson of the enquiry.  However, that does not mean the hearing has collapsed which is why the board felt uncomfortable about statements uttered by some people who attended the enquiry.”

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