The Sunday Times has reported that suspended Eskom CEO Matshela Koko organised contracts for E Smart Solutions to buy favours from Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown.
E Smart Solutions is reportedly owned by Brown’s partner Ingrid Tufvesson and Michelle McMaster, the mother of Brown’s former personal assistant.
E Smart Solutions received two contracts this year to supply oil to Eskom’s transformers at 10 power stations, despite having no experience in the oil industry.
The contracts were worth R1.2 million.
Tufvesson declined to clarify her relationship with the Brown, only confirming they are friends. She was “surprised” to learn that E Smart Solutions was awarded the contracts, as it was registered to deal with academic projects.
She said there is no way Brown would have been part of the alleged scandal, however.
According to Tufvesson, she resigned from the company as they wouldn’t allow her access to company documents and financial statements.
McMaster refuted Tufvesson’s statement that she resigned, as she had not signed the necessary documents to step down as a director.
A spokesperson for Brown refuted statements that she had been trying to protect Koko, as he had information implicating her in corrupt dealings, stated the report.
The report follows AfriBusiness stating that citizens should not pay for electricity hikes which are contributed to by corruption and maladministration at Eskom.
This includes questionable dealings with companies linked to or owned by the Gupta family.