The Save South Africa campaign said that the Eskom Impulse scandal had proven the need for an urgent action to clean up South African politics.
On May 9, Save SA launched a “minimum demands” document and one of their minimum demands had a direct reference to the awarding of Eskom tenders to Impulse International, a company owned by Koketso Choma, step-daughter of Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko.
According to Save SA spokesperson Temba Masango, the recent incident showed that corruption was deep in SA.
“How can your daughter have a billion-rand tender and you say you don’t know about it?” Masongo asked.
Masongo said the campaign’s immediate demand was a full investigation into corruption and misgovernance in state-owned companies, followed by the removal of boards, CEOs and management found to be corrupt and their replacement with reputable and experienced leaders.
He added that there could be no doubt that Koko fell neatly into the category of those who needed to be investigated for corruption and bad governance.
“Within weeks of taking office, Koko has demonstrated the same lack of integrity as his predecessor, Brian Molefe. It is clear that a full investigation is required, as we have demanded, and that a clean-out is needed in Eskom and other SOCs,” he said.
Save SA also demanded that all political parties should commit to urgently tabling legislation governing transparency in parties political funding.
Masongo said that the ANC was caught up in this mess because of the fact that Impulse International “donated” money for its January 8 birthday celebration.
“A day after doing so, it secured a R14.2 million contract with Eskom, according to the Sunday Times. Two days after this, the company ‘donated’ another R775 000, the paper reported,” he said.
He continued to say that the ruling party had acknowledged that it accepts donations “in good faith” and had no way of knowing if there was something untoward about them until they were “in the public domain”.
Masonga concluded by saying that South Africa demanded to be governed with integrity, care and respect.