The newly appointed Eskom board has a big week ahead. It has a parlous set of financial results to present on Wednesday showing rapid decline and must make major decisions on its future leadership, over whom a cloud of corruption hangs. A question mark also hangs over whether the board will charge Matshela Koko, the former acting CE, with misconduct, corruption and breach of its conflict-of-interest policy. Will it decide to continue ignoring the serious allegations of corruption that continue to plague finance director Anoj Singh? With the word "Eskom" having become synonymous with "corruption" any action it takes, or fails to take, will determine its future — for better or worse. It will also show the country what kind of board it is dealing with: one with the guts to stand up for what is right or one that is timid because it is beholden to the politicians that put it there. The need for a strong board and strong leadership by the government, particularly Public Enterprises Minist...

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