Trillian has rejected the claim mistakenly made by Eskom on Wednesday — and subsequently retracted — that it will not contest the court bid by Eskom to be repaid the R1,6bn it paid to Trillian and global consulting firm McKinsey. On the basis of information provided by Eskom, Business Day reported that Trillian would not dispute Eskom’s legal action and was willing to repay the money. The company has clarified that this is not the case. Eskom has lodged a court application for McKinsey to repay about R1bn and Trillian about R600m on the basis that the payments were irregular. McKinsey has indicated that it is ready to repay the R1bn, but only on the basis of a court order. Eskom has claimed that the payments were unlawful because the contract with McKinsey was not approved by the National Treasury, as required, and because it never had a contract with Gupta-linked Trillian which worked alongside McKinsey in its work for Eskom. McKinsey later rejected Trillian as a business partner a...

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