If there is any comfort in the national scandal that is Eskom, it is that the agents of state capture are so blatantly clumsy. They are like cartoon burglars who stumble from a bank robbery in broad daylight wearing black masks and carrying bags marked "booty". They incriminate themselves to the point where even the tame National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), long in captivity, cannot avoid taking action. As Eskom’s woeful latest annual statements lay bare, the deeply compromised financial director Anoj Singh presided over a qualified audit and irregular expenditure of R3bn — the accounting equivalent of allowing the Gupta wedding party to land at Waterkloof air force base and then giving them a blue-light escort to Sun City. There’s a strong case to be made that Singh — responsible for a company whose finances seem more chaotic than those of a students’ Rag committee — may indeed be the worst financial director in SA, certainly of a company that size, with revenues of R177bn. Audito...

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