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SIUBL Premium reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has referred more than 5,000 Eskom employees for disciplinary action and investigation for offences ranging from the failure to declare their interests, to doing business with Eskom and leading suspicious lifestyles.  

The unit is also investigating 20 build contractors, 14 coal transport service providers, seven diesel suppliers, three coal supply contracts, two contracts for cloud computing and two contracts at Majuba and Matla power stations.  The SIU briefed MPs on Wednesday on the progress made since April 2018, when investigations began.  Out of Eskom’s 43,795 employees, 5,452 failed to declare their interests while 324 officials were linked to entities that were Eskom vendors.  Among them, 135 employees were found to be doing business with Eskom, which amounted to more than R6bn.  Seven of them have already been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and the SIU said all officials doing business with Eskom would be referred for possible prosecution.  Eskom commissioned lifestyle audits on all executive management and red-flagged 34 individuals for further investigation.  The SIU said eight people had been referred to Eskom for disciplinary action, another seven resigned and 19 people were still being investigated.  The SIU said that while there was a tendency for people to resign once they had been found out, the unit’s investigations were thorough and aimed at providing sufficient evidence for the NPA to proceed with criminal prosecutions.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carol Paton at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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