Eskom Kusile corruption case

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Eskom Kusile R745 million corruption case postponed

The Eskom Kusile corruption case has been postponed to allow the defence an opportunity to consult with their clients.

Eskom Kusile corruption case

Image via: Investigating Directorate

The Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court, on Tuesday 27 October 2020, postponed the Eskom Kusile R745 million corruption and fraud case to 23 February 2021. 

According to Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala, this is to allow the defence an opportunity to consult with their clients, pursuant to the disclosure of the contents of the case docket. 


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, offering unauthorised gratifications and receiving unauthorised gratification between 2014 and 2017.  

“Michael Lomas, former board chairperson of Tubular Construction is currently living in the United Kingdom and the Investigating Directorate is currently busy with the extradition request,” said Twala. 

The former Eskom executives Masango and Hlakudi are accused of receiving undue gratification 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.

“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,” added Twala. 

Bail has been extended for all the accused. 

The Hawks pounced on the men in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga back in December 2019.

“Investigations began when suspicions were raised into the construction of two large projects at Medupi and Kusile power stations. This revealed that there was apparent gross manipulation of contractual agreements between contractors, Eskom employees and third parties at Kusile power station,” said Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi.


While Eskom has been ravaged by corruption, South Africans can expect to be ravaged by load shedding. During a media briefing on Thursday 22 October, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said load shedding was unavoidable due to “ageing” and “unreliable” infrastructure. 

“The majority of the coal power stations are operating past the midway of their operational life, resulting in high amounts of breakdowns,” they said. “The drive to implement the reliability measures and refurbishment projects in order to address the unreliability is underway to get the plant performance back to acceptable levels by late 2021.”

“The public is therefore cautioned to expect an increased risk of load shedding during this period.”