Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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More than R5bn paid to Eskom officials illegally doing business with state: SIU

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) said it was making significant strides in exposing corruption in the government agencies it investigated, including Eskom.

In a speech Speaking to the Justice and Correctional Portfolio Committee on Friday, the unit said their preliminary investigations revealed that at least 102 Eskom officials were doing illegal business with the company and had been paid more than 5 billion renun.

The SIUs Leonard Lekgetho, Chief National Investigation Officer, said the utility’s investigation is going well.

The mood follows a recent meeting with Eskom management who requested that the unit be removed extends the mandate of the ongoing investigation. The utility wants the SIU to investigate diesel procurement as well, “which appears to be a real problem”.

It also wants power plants not included in the current proclamation to be investigated, Lekgetho said .

“We have done a lot to expose some of the corruption we have discovered at Eskom. For example, in the case of officers doing business with Eskom, we found that 102 officers do business with Eskom. The amount paid is more than R5 billion and an investigation is ongoing, ”he told the committee.

Denel, Prasa, SAA and Transnet are among the six companies the entity is investigating.

The MPs praised the SIU for achieving 75% of its planned annual targets for the 2021 financial year. The unit achieved a clean, unconditional audit for five years in a row.

However, some MPs, including Qubudile Dyantyi, criticized the department’s performance, pointing out that the remaining 25% was not achieved. This is as he cited low vacancy rates and the signing of performance agreements.

SIU chief attorney Andy Mothibi said the unit will strive to do better, particularly pointing to improved lead times in investigations and implementation Measures for access to civil proceedings. among other things.

“We don’t take the kind words lightly. The challenge, of course, is to make sure we keep this up to ensure good performance is kept up, “he said.

” We hear the 25% concerns and accept that they need to be addressed , as good. “

The unit’s annual report shows its financial position very positively, despite the challenges in collecting its debts, as it has invoiced investigations and related services.

” As of March 31, the SIU shows a cumulative balance sheet surplus of R836 million, which has been built up in recent years. A significant part of this surplus is reflected in the SIU’s positive bank balance of R742 million, ”said the unit.