Company linked to Eskom boss’s stepdaughter scores billion-rand contracts from state utility

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The appointment of Koketso Choma, 26,  as a director at Impulse International last April was followed by the company netting eight lucrative contracts at Eskom over 11 months.

The work, valued at  R1-billion, all came from a division of Eskom that Koko headed up until he was appointed acting CEO in December.

This week Koko, who as group executive for generation had direct influence on supply chain management at Eskom, contradicted himself, first telling the  Sunday Times he had only found out about his stepdaughter’s involvement in Impulse four weeks ago.

He later said in an e-mail that he had known about it since last August and has advised her to resign from the company.

He said this week that he had only discovered last month that Choma, whom he lives with in Bryanston, Johannesburg, was still a shareholder at Impulse International. Koko has been married to Koketso’s mother,  Mosima,  since 2009.

“She is my stepdaughter from my wife’s previous relationship and she lives with us, but I wasn’t aware that she was a director of this company until four weeks ago and I asked her to resign with immediate effect,” he told   the Sunday Times.

A source told the Sunday Times this week that a whistleblower had tipped off a board member that Koko was channelling deals to his stepdaughter’s company and confronted him with the evidence. “He then forced her to resign as a damage-control exercise,” the source said. Koko denied  these allegations.

Another source said Choma “is fresh from school for such a high-profile job” after graduating in 2013.

Impulse International CEO Pragasen Pather said this week that Choma had been one of three directors in his company when it was “awarded smaller contracts by Eskom”. He added: “We did identify that there was a conflict of interest as we were getting contracts from Eskom,  where Koketso’s stepfather is a boss and we had to let her go.”

Pather said he had met Koko several times at business conferences but denied they were close.

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