Corruption case against former Eskom execs postponed to June

Corruption case against former Eskom execs postponed to June

The R745m Kusile corruption and fraud case against two former Eskom executives has been postponed to June in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

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Former senior Eskom manager France Hlakudi and Abram Masango, businessman Maphoko Kgomoeswana and Tubular Construction CEO Antonio Trindade are facing charges of fraud and corruption. 


They appear in court on Tuesday. 


Investigating Directorate’s spokesperson Sindiswa Twala says Masango and Hlakudi are accused of receiving undue gratification of R30 million each from  contractors Trindade and Lomas.  

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"Kgomoeswana and his company, Babinatlou Business Services CC, are accused of facilitating the bribes on behalf of the Eskom Kusile contractors to the state-owned power generations’ senior bosses.


"The other companies implicated in the case are Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation, Bon Service Telekom, Tubular Construction Projects, Abeyla Trading, Cosira Tubular Joint Venture (Pty) LTD.”


Hlakudi and Kgomoeswana face additional charges related to tax evasion valued at R30million and R5 million respectively. 


A fifth suspect, who lives abroad, is expected to be extradited to South Africa.


"Michael Lomas, former board chairperson of Tubular Construction is currently living in the United Kingdom. 


"The NPA’s Investigating Directorate has formally requested that he be extradited to stand trial with the four other accused in South Africa," says Twala. 


All four men are currently out on bail of various amounts.

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