On 23 January 2018, the South African Federation of Trade Unions called for Singh to be criminally charged for corruption and impropriety. “Anoj and others have brought the country’s power provider to the brink of bankruptcy, which would have devastating consequences for all South Africans and the country’s economy.”
Civil society organisation OUTA has laid charges of corruption and financial misconduct against Singh.
OUTA has also laid charges of corruption and breaches of the Companies Act and the Public Finance Management Act against Pamensky.
The Rand Daily Mail said this of him: “Pamensky, who recently resigned from both Eskom and Oakbay, was intimately involved in brokering the controversial Optimum deal and advised the Guptas to ensure that they did not pay the R2.1-billion fine which had been imposed by Eskom on Glencore.”
On 11 November 2016 Brian Molefe resigned after just 18 months as Eskom CEO, a move that was confirmed by Eskom. However, he received a R30-million payout from the utility, supposedly as a pension, and then neither he nor Eskom could decide whether he had been retrenched, had resigned or had resigned. In January 2018 a court set aside the R30m payout and directed Molefe to pay back all the money paid to him thus far.
Molefe returned to Eskom as CEO in May 2017 but two weeks later departed again after then energy minister Lynne Brown ordered the board to reverse his reinstatement.
Klein was also on the board when Brian Molefe was appointed, but told the parliamentary inquiry that she was uneasy about his employment contract as it did not stipulate a term of office. In addition, she was a board member when four Eskom executives – Matshela Koko, Dan Marokane, Tshediso Matona and Ms Tsholofelo Molefe – were suspended, which led to Eskom receiving a credit downgrade. Pressed by Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara at the parliamentary inquiry, Klein admitted that the four were suspended for no legitimate reason.
Khoza was also on the board when the four executives mentioned above were suspended – his version, however, disagreed with that of other board members who told the inquiry that there was no evidence warranting the suspension. Khoza told the inquiry that charges would indeed be laid against the suspended employees – but he couldn’t remember exactly what those charges were.