A preliminary forensic report has claimed that over R2 billion was stolen from Eskom through a network of ghost service suppliers and well-placed officials, according to City Press.
The money was allegedly funnelled via fraudulent transactions over the last three years, involving a number of companies invoicing Eskom for work that was never carried out.
The report was compiled by forensic investigators from Seekers Finders Forensic Auditors and Risk Services after a whistle-blower alleged that prominent Eskom employees were colluding with service providers to generate the fraudulent invoices.
At least three Eskom officials have been implicated in the irregularities, in addition to prominent Mpumalanga businessman Jerry Zitha, owner of engineering company Mfondo Trading.
Zitha allegedly got orders from Eskom for which he was supposed to render services through various companies under his control.
While the companies were paid for services which included labour for coal outage plans and refurbishing of injectors, no work had been done in this regard.
The report has been handed over to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), which has confirmed it is investigating certain issues contained therein.
“The report has been reviewed by the SIU’s assessment committee and the Eskom investigation team. Limited areas that fall within the SIU’s current mandate were identified from the report,” SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told City Press.
He further claimed that Eskom had previously been paying R28 for a roll of single-ply toilet paper and R56 for a 2L milk bottle.
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