Eskom manager received R20 million for Kusile tender – Report
An Eskom contract manager allegedly received R20 million as a bribe to ensure Tubular Construction Projects got a large tender at the Kusile project, stated the Rapport. According to the report, the money has been in the account of Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation CC since 2015. France Hlakudi, an Eskom contract manager for the Medupi and Kusile projects, is the only member of the closed corporation.
He denies there are any irregularities. The report alleges that large sums of money were withdrawn from the account over the same period, suggesting it may have been used for money laundering. These revelations were brought to light as a result of the disciplinary hearing of Matshela Koko, the suspended Eskom CEO.
Koko said Hlakudi must be removed from the Kusile project in February. Koko allegedly did so without following the correct procedures, but he maintained he acted within his authority and he will testify about why he removed Hlakudi. Rapport stated that a letter from a whistleblower to interim Eskom chair Zethembe Khosa also provides details about the R20-million payment.
Hlakudi is still the contract manager of Medupi and Kusile.
The two projects have cost at least R160 billion to build – initial budgets were set at R118 billion.