Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned energy utility, known as for extra arrests after police apprehended two former workers of Swiss industrial agency ABB and their wives for corruption linked to greater than half a billion rand ($29.4 million) of contracts.
The 2 former ABB staff are accused of defrauding Eskom by receiving R8.6 million in kickbacks, together with money and luxurious vehicles, by awarding a R549.6 million sub-contract, the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority stated in a press release. Their spouses allegedly additionally profited from this, Eskom stated in a separate assertion on Wednesday.
Muhammed and Raeesa Mooidheen had been granted bail in a Johannesburg court docket and Vernon and Aradhna Pillay confronted a listening to in Durban.
ABB is one in every of quite a few worldwide firms discovered to have been tied up in years of corruption at Eskom and different South African state-owned firms in the course of the presidency of Jacob Zuma, which led to 2018. The corporate agreed in 2020 to repay R1.56 billion of funds it had been irregularly paid in reference to the development of Eskom’s coal-fired Kusile Energy Station.
Different firms to have repaid money embrace German software program group SAP SE, US consultancy McKinsey & Co.
“Eskom was one of many primary crime scenes, as evidenced by the findings of the Fee of Inquiry on State Seize,” the ability firm stated, referring to a report that was launched after an nearly four-year judicial probe into state corruption throughout Zuma’s tenure.
Vernon Pillay didn’t choose up his cell phone or reply to a message searching for remark. Muhammed Mooidheen didn’t reply a message on Linkedin.
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