Four former employees of two multinational engineering firms who won contracts worth R2.2 billion for Eskom’s Kusile power plant in 2015 were arrested by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Asset Forfeiture Unit on Tuesday.< /p>
The former employees of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) and Impulse International were arrested in Durban and Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga.
ABB was awarded a control and instrumentation contract in 2015 for the amount of R2.2bn for Eskom’s Kusile mill and was subsequently awarded Impulse International R800m in work – although Impulse failed ABB’s tests for a subcontractor.
In 2019, the Sunday reported Times that former Eskom boss Matshela Koko allegedly guaranteed ABB R6.5 billion in future contracts if it subcontracted work on the Kusile power station to Impulse International, a company that partly s belonged to a stepdaughter.
Explosive details of how Koko allegedly facilitated the looting of millions of rand from Kusile in cooperation with the Swiss-based company ABB have been reported in reports provided to the SIU.
The company is one of 11 international engineering giants being investigated by the SIU for their role in looting around R139 billion to build power plants.
They will appear before the specialized white-collar crime courts in Durban and Palm Ridge on Tuesday.
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