The Eskom project team to address the “immense damage” caused by the capture of the state

The chairman of Eskom's board of directors, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, said the capture by the state was caused "immense damage" in Eskom over the years.

The chairman of Eskom’s board of directors, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, said the capture of the state has caused “immense damage” to Eskom over the years.

Eskom has set up a project team to address the recommendations of the Zondo Commission, it said on Friday.

The project team, which Eskom says is “supported by its internal and external lawyers”, will review the report and take “appropriate” action.

This includes studying the contents to identify if anyone implicated is still working at the state power company.

The debt-ridden utility – which played an important role in the testimony given during the commission of inquiry – sought to recover funds lost during the era of state capture. This includes approximately Rand 3.8 billion in damages suffered as a result of the illegal actions of those involved in the capture of the state, he said.

It has so far recovered R1.1 billion from consulting firm McKinsey and just over R1.5 billion from ABB. Consultancy firm Deloitte also previously reached an agreement with Eskom to repay approximately Rand 150 million in commissions.

Numerous criminal cases have been registered with the South African police services and disciplinary action has already been taken against several employees involved, Eskom added.

The chairman of Eskom’s board of directors, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, said the capture of the state has caused “immense damage” to Eskom over the years.

“[W]We look forward to working with the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that evildoers face criminal charges quickly, “Makgoba said.

the latest installation of the State Capture Inquiry report found that former president Jacob Zuma had played a central role in Eskom’s capture. The fourth part of the report by Supreme Court President Raymond Zondo – who deals with Eskom, National Treasury and EOH Holdings among others – was officially handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning.

It turned out that the infamous Gupta family, with the help of Zumaorchestrated a series of suspensions among Eskom’s top management in 2015, paving the way for their associates Brian Molefe and Anoj Singh to occupy key positions instead.