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NPA confirms postponement of Eskom Kusile corruption matter

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The NPA has confirmed that the Eskom Kusile Power Station corruption matter has been postponed, to allow for the accused to find new lawyers.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, confirmed that the corruption matter relating to Eskom’s Kusile Power Station has been postponed, to afford the accused some time to find new lawyers. The NPA wrote a statement confirming that the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court has postponed the Eskom Kusile R745 million case to Thursday, 19 August 2021.

The postponement is to allow the former Eskom Contracts Manager, France Hlakudi, to find a new lawyer, as the NPA confirmed that a second attorney has withdrawn due to financial reasons. The NPA stated that the other accused are former Eskom Group Executive for Group Capital Division, Abram Masango; businessman, Maphoko Kgomoeswana; and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tubular Construction, Antonio Trindade, who is an Eskom service provider. The authority stated that the accused also stands accused with seven other companies.

The NPA further stated that all the accused face charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering, and that the allegations against them stem from their various roles in allegedly defrauding the power utility in Mpumalanga’s Kusile Power Station. The NPA confirmed that this was all done with a contract that was initially to the value of R745 million.

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