Hawks to investigate former Eskom head of legal Suzanne Daniels

30/08/2018 
Former Eskom whistleblower Suzanne Daniels.
Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

30/08/2018 Former Eskom whistleblower Suzanne Daniels. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

She could be prosecuted for illegally signing off on legal fees for the board’s former chair in his battle against his previous employer.

Following her admission of wrongdoing live on air about events during her tenure at Eskom, former company secretary and head of legal Suzanne Daniels could face legal action should the Hawks decide to pursue a case against her.

In an interview with Eusebius Mckaiser on 702 on Wednesday, Daniels implicated herself in various instances of wrongdoing during her tenure at the power utility while answering for allegations made against her by former Eskom boss Matshela Koko in his own interview at the station.

Chief among those implications is her admission to signing off on legal fees to the tune of R800,000 in Dr Ben Ngubane’s fight against the SABC shortly after he joined the Eskom board as well as her involvement in questionable contracts worth billions of rand.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela about Daniels’ admission in a follow-up interview on 702, Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi outlined what might happen next.

“Firstly, she has to give us her statement in the presence of her lawyer so that if there are any comebacks we can deal with that matter as and when they come,” said Mulaudzi.

“What is critical for us is that people should know that despite the fact that there was this admission, there are a lot of investigations that we are dealing with at Eskom,” he added.

Mulaudzi said that they would also be interested in finding out how Daniels could perhaps help them in their other investigations related to Eskom in order to solidify the cases they are currently putting together.

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