Johannesburg - Sunday Times editor Bongani Siqoko has been subpoenaed by the Hawks in relation into a probe that former Eskom executive Matshela Koko was asked for a R3m bribe by a person claiming this would avert a negative article, Timeslive reports.
The alleged solicitation of a bribe was by someone claiming to be acting on behalf of Mzilikazi wa Afrika, a former Sunday Times senior reporter, to prevent a story being published in 2017.
Gauteng Hawks spokesperson Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu told the website they were investigating the matter and that no arrests had been made.
According to the news site, Koko claims in his complaint he was approached in May 2017 by a man named Walter Sithole, who told him that "detrimental" information about him was due to by published in the Sunday Times.
“He claimed the story was about Impulse International - a company of which Koko's stepdaughter Koketso Choma had been a director and which had been awarded several large contracts by Eskom. Koko said Sithole told him that a journalist from the paper, Wa Afrika, was going to write the story, and showed him a list of news stories planned for that week, which included the detrimental story,” Timeslive reported.