Eskom officials pocketed millions of rand in kickbacks: SIU

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O’Brien reported that on the Eskom build programme, which has ballooned by hundreds of billions of rand under dodgy circumstances while completion deadlines have been repeatedly postponed, the SIU has identified 20 contractors implicated in corrupt dealings with Eskom officials.

Mothibi said the fact that the alleged Eskom crooks had resigned did not mean the end of the matter, as they were being pursued criminally by the NPA and would also face civil litigation – with the aim of attaching the proceeds of crime.

But he did not name and shame the officials, saying he would only do so in a written report to be submitted to Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

Hlengwa said law enforcement agencies should be unrelenting in pursuing those implicated in the looting of Eskom coffers, despite their resignations.

O’Brien said they were also instituting civil litigation to recover more than R2.7bn in over-payments to implicated contractors, who have been found to be beneficiaries of “deliberate contract mismanagement” by corrupt Eskom officials.

Turning to corruption related to the procurement of cloud computing software, O’Brien again painted a grim picture, as the SIU had uncovered the payments of R100m in kickbacks.

“We are in the process of referring criminal cases in that regard as well and we’ll consider the civil (litigation) remedies once the investigation is complete,” O’Brien said.

The SIU has found that 135 Eskom officials had financial interests in entities trading with the power utility to the tune of R6.6bn. Thirty-four more Eskom employees have been red-flagged after lifestyle audits conducted by a legal firm.

In total 5,452 Eskom official were found to have failed to submit declarations of their outside business interests.

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