R745m Eskom Kusile corruption case postponed
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Johannesburg – The case against four men implicated in a R745 million corruption case at Eskom's Kusile power station has been postponed to February next year.
Former Eskom chief executive Abram Masango, erstwhile contracts manager France Hlakudi, businessman Maphoko Kgoemoeswana and Tubular Construction chief executive Antonio Trindade appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday.
Investigating Directorate (ID) spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said the four face charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering, offering unauthorised gratifications and receiving unauthorised gratifications over a three-year period between 2014 and 2017.
She said the ID was currently busy with an extradition request for a fifth accused, Michael Lomas, who was the former board chairperson of Tubular Construction. He is now living in the UK.
"Former Eskom executives Masango and Hlakudi are accused of receiving undue gratification valued at R30 million each from the contractors Trindade and Lomas.
’’Kgoemoeswana and his company, Babinatlou Business Services CC, are accused of being the vehicle that facilitated bribes on behalf of the Eskom Kusile contractors to the state-owned power generators’ top officials," she said.
Twala said the other companies implicated in the case are Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation, Bon Service Telekom, Tubular Construction Projects, Abeyla Trading and Cosira Tubular Joint Venture (Pty) Ltd.