Johannesburg - The Zondo commission has heard how Eskom officials rushed through the pre-payment of R659 million to Gupta-owned Tegeta even though no services had been received.
Snehal Nagar, a charted accountant from Eskom's primary division, told the commission how he was instructed by his bosses to make the prepayment within two to three hours without the submission of supporting documents.
Tegeta is a Gupta-linked company which was awarded coal contracts by Eskom. The company has since failed to deliver the coal to Eskom's power stations even though it is still mandated to do so.
Nagar said he received an email from Ayanda Mthetha, who was the head of the primary division, which attached an invoice for an R659 million payment. The email read as "per discussion". Nagar denies that he ever had a discussion with Ayanda regarding the payment.
"The point of this email, the contract was only signed on the 13 of April and I had received an invoice on the 12 of April," he said.