Eskom head of generation Matshela Koko does not intend to act on Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s plea that he leave the organisation. He told MPs on Wednesday night that he found Gigaba’s statement "unlawful and shocking". On Sunday Gigaba appealed to the new Eskom board to clean the utility of corruption and get rid of all executives who faced allegations of corruption and impropriety. He also appealed to chief financial officer Anoj Singh — who resigned the next day with immediate effect — and Koko to do the patriotic and right thing and step down in the best interests of Eskom and the country. In a lawyer’s letter sent to Eskom, Koko said that acting patriotically meant respecting the Constitution and the rights of citizens. Koko has just been reinstated after a disciplinary process related to alleged conflicts of interest in the awarding by Eskom of contracts of about R1bn to Impulse International, a company in which his step-daughter was a director. He has also been implicated...

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