Former Eskom Senior Official to hear judgement in R30 Million Tax fraud case

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Pretoria Regional Court is expected to hand down judgment in the matter of former Eskom senior manager, France Hlakudi’s multimillion tax fraud matter on Thursday.

Hlakudi had brought an application last month to have the fraud charge removed from the charge sheet. The Investigating Directorate alleges that Hlakudi is guilty of tax evasion worth over R30 million while he was employed by Eskom.

Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Seboka said the fraud and contravention of the Tax Administration Act charges are about “his personal tax affairs and that of his companies, Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation cc, Coxinel Chicken (Pty)Ltd and Bon Services Telcom cc. This is for the funds received between 2015 and 2018.”

Seboka added that Magistrate Adriaan Bekker is expected to rule on whether or not the fraud charge should remain in the case against Hlakudi or be removed.  “Should the fraud charge remain, Hlakudi could face a sentence of about 15 years imprisonment.”

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