Tebogo Msimanga |
The Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday postponed the Eskom Kusile multimillion-rand corruption and fraud case to 23 February 2021. This is to allow the defence an opportunity to consult with their clients. Bail has been extended for all the accused.
Former Eskom Chief Executive Officer Abram Masango, erstwhile Contracts Manager France Hlakudi, businessman Maphoko Kgoemoeswana and Tubular Construction CEO Antonio Trindade appeared briefly on charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering. They received bribes between 2014-2017.
Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said Michael Lomas, former board chairperson of Tubular Construction is currently living in the United Kingdom and the Investigating Directorate is busy with the extradition request.
“The former Eskom executives Masango and Hlakudi are accused of receiving bribes 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 generations’ top officials.” Explained Twala
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.