Friday, 07 May 2021: Eskom can confirm it has placed a senior manager in its coal procurement division on preliminary suspension following evidence of corruption. This follows a whistle-blower tip-off to Eskom. After a preliminary investigation into the said employee, Eskom approached the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for further investigations.
The SIU investigation revealed the senior manager to be in control of a bank account with a balance close to R12 million. The funds have been deposited by some of Eskom’s suppliers in the coal division. The bank account has been frozen pending a full investigation and criminal charges and prosecution.
Eskom has today placed the employee on preliminary suspension, pending a disciplinary process.
As Eskom has previously communicated, corruption and fraud have no place and will not be tolerated at Eskom. The utility will do everything it can to weed out corrupt elements from within its workforce and suppliers. Furthermore, efforts to clean up the company’s operations and suppliers are in full swing, with some investigations into cases that have been identified at an advanced stage.