Eskom confirms police and internal probes against 11 former top staff

08 August 2018 - 14:26 By Bongani Fuzile And Naledi Shange
Eskom headquarters, MegaWatt Park, in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
Eskom headquarters, MegaWatt Park, in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
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Eskom on Wednesday confirmed that there were both police and internal investigations against 11 of their former senior executives and general managers.

All 11 have since left Eskom.

"Some resigned and others were fired but none of them are still on the system‚" Phasiwe added.

Their departure from the company‚ however‚ did not mean that they would be exempted from the disciplinary process.

TimesLIVE understands they are facing probes related to the R19-billion irregular expenditure which happened at the utility between 2012 and 2018.

Sources at Eskom said a decision has been taken to try to recoup some money from the implicated executives.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit and the Hawks will also be involved in this case‚ TimesLIVE understands.

Also‚ there are plans to do lifestyle audits on some of these officials.

An Eskom employee told TimesLIVE that between 60% to 70% of the incidents relating to the alleged R19-billion irregular expenditure was related to administrative failures that happened under the leadership of some of the executives who have left Eskom.

“Ignorance from senior staff members led to this. In the period‚ tenders were given to individuals who are connected with the senior executives and when they were asked about this‚ they jumped ship‚” said the source.

TimesLIVE spoke to one of the executives‚ who is unaware of a possible criminal probe.

“This is just nonsense‚ in my case‚ I know nothing about criminal charges laid against me‚” the executive said.

Recently appointed Eskom group chief executive Phakamani Hadebe said last month: “As a leadership team‚ we are committed to eradicating corruption across all levels of the business and we are taking action against implicated individuals.”

Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele and Hawks national spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said they could not confirm if they are investigating any of these cases.

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