Suspended Eskom Group Executive Matshela Koko will on Thursday testify in his own defence when his disciplinary hearing continues in Johannesburg.

Koko faces six charges of misconduct relating to his failure to declare a conflict of interest.

This relates to the awarding of a contract worth approximately R1 billion to a company where his step-daughter served as director and shareholder.

Eskom has come out denouncing media reports suggesting that the hearing is a farce which will ultimately see Koko back at the utility.

Eskom Spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, says all involved parties have been given a fair chance.

Phasiwe says: “This hearing has been an open and fair hearing. Open in the sense that the media has been allowed to come in and report on the matter as it has unfolded and fair in a sense that the was a fair chance for other people to also present their case.”

“Mr Koko will also be given a chance to say or place his side of the story on the record.”

Eskom closed its case on the 25th of November as some witnesses declined to testify.