Eskom has ignored legal advice to charge senior officials in the scandal involving suspect payments totalling R1.6bn to global consultancy McKinsey and Gupta-linked Trillian in a selective disciplinary process insiders say is designed to fail. This has sparked fear that Eskom’s senior leadership, led by acting CEO Johnny Dladla, is more concerned with damage control than rooting out the rot. Dladla himself has been implicated in the suspect deals with McKinsey and Trillian, but is not facing any sanction. In 2015, Dladla attended at least two of the meetings that selected the consulting firms. Business Day has learned of a memo circulated among senior management on September 8, recommending the suspension of seven senior Eskom officials over the Trillian and McKinsey payments following an investigation by law firm Bowmans. Bowmans recommended suspending and disciplining former acting CEO Matshela Koko, who is already on suspension in an unrelated matter; chief financial officer Anoj...

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