Lynne BrownMining Weekly reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has announced that she will institute a “broad scope” investigation into allegations of corruption currently hanging over state-owned electricity utility Eskom.  

The terms of reference and form of the investigation remain to be finalised, but Brown indicated that it would be overseen by a retired judge, so as to ensure that the credibility of the remedial actions arising was not questioned.  The terms of reference would likely include a review of seven forensic reports already conducted into allegations of corruption and mismanagement at Eskom since 2007.  Special focus would also be given to Eskom’s coal procurement processes, which featured heavily in the ‘State of Capture’ report released by then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, last year.  Brown said the “deep dive” probe was not designed to disrupt or delay a proposed Parliamentary Portfolio Committee investigation into Eskom, which she said should proceed.

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