The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) welcomes the arrest of a businessman Michael Lomas by the United Kingdom authorities in connection with Eskom’s R745 million Kusile power station alleged fraud, unauthorized gratification, corruption and money laundering case.
The arrest brings to five the number of people arrested in relation to the alleged crimes. Lamos is expected to join his co-accused former Eskom executives Abram Masango and France Hlakudi, businessman Maphoko Kgomoeswana and Tubular Construction Chief Executive Officer Antonio Trindade in court on 01 June 2021 when the matter returns to court, said Kaizer Kganyago SIU Spokesperson.
The arrests follow an intensive investigation conducted by the SIU in Eskom which uncovered evidence pointing to criminal action against the five accused. The evidence as required by SIU Act, was referred to the National Prosecuting Authority and also to the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) for further attention.
In 2018 the SIU was directed in terms of Proclamation R11 of 2018, to investigate the procurement of or contracting for services by Eskom and payments that were made in respect thereof.
“The SIU is working closely with the NPA and Hawks in this regard and we will continue to work together to ensure that all role players identified through our investigations in the alleged crimes are held accountable. The SIU investigation in Eskom is yet to be concluded” said Kganyago.
Fraud and corruption allegations may be reported via the following platforms: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) / Hotline: 0800 037 774
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