The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has been the scene of many shocking claims since it began in 2018…
That theme continued on Tuesday when former Eskom company secretary and Head of Legal Suzanne Daniels took the stand with allegations that she was offered an R800 million bribe.
Daniels told the commission about a meeting with Gupta associate Salim Essa in the parking lot of a petrol station.
“At that meeting, he had offered me R800 million rand,” testified Daniels. The meeting happened in June 2017.
The bribe is said to have been meant to influence Daniels to ensure that Eskom executive Machelo Koko would become the power utility’s CEO.
Daniels alleged that Essa was aware that she was sceptical of a report that cleared Koko of wrongdoing in the matter of a contract that was issued to his daughter’s company.
Daniels testified that she declined the bribe but agreed to another meeting with Essa.
Shocked, commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said: “You should not be wanting to talk to that person after that, Ms Daniels. You should not be wanting to take his calls after he has offered you R800 million to do something wrong.”
The explanation offered by Daniels is that she had gone to the subsequent meeting out of curiosity.
Social media was just as perplexed as Zondo.
Just like Judge Raymond Zondo, I’m starting to mistrust Ms Suzanne Daniels’ account of events. Close to a billion Rands (R800m) is a lot of money just to bring Koko into the system especially to a non-decision maker #StateCaptureInquiry
— HK (@HKM316) September 16, 2020
This R800m story though? Not sure if I believe that.
— TSM ?ﾟﾇﾦ⚃⚂ (@TshepoMongale) September 16, 2020
Its so weird how she decline R800m but did not see the need to report the bribe. Only now she relies it was wrong. pic.twitter.com/sWGsSDcUEE
— Mr High Morals & Principles ? (@Msihlezin) September 15, 2020
If Daniel’s as a mere Company Secretary was promised a bribe of R800m then how much was promised Board Members and Executives like CEO, COO, CFO etc.
Something is just not OK.
— ElamaPondo Ewonke (@elamapondo) September 16, 2020