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Senior Eskom manager’s bank account frozen, with R11m in it

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The Special Tribunal on Friday froze the bank accounts of a senior Eskom manager over R11m in alleged kickbacks which had been paid to him. File photo.

The Special Tribunal on Friday froze the bank accounts of a senior Eskom manager over R11m in alleged kickbacks which had been paid to him. File photo.
Image: Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

The Special Tribunal on Friday froze the bank accounts of a senior Eskom manager over millions in alleged kickbacks.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU)  had launched civil proceedings against the power utility’s coal operations senior manager, Petrus Mazibuko, after a whistle-blower alerted them to R11m worth of alleged kickbacks allegedly paid to him.

Eskom confirmed they had taken “immediate steps to suspend the individual”.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said an interim order to freeze the account had been granted. He said the order was granted pending arguments for a final forfeiture.

“The SIU approached the Special Tribunal to freeze the funds after allegations were received from a whistle-blower that Petrus Mazibuko was receiving unauthorised gratification from two Eskom suppliers, namely Commodity Logistix Managers Africa and Thembathlo Pty Ltd, through a bank account held by Thephunokhetja Projects.

“The SIU investigated the allegations. As part of the investigation, the SIU obtained the bank statements and the account opening documents from First National Bank.

“The documents show Petrus Mazibuko and Shadrack Mazibuko, who is also cited in the court application, are the signatories to the bank account. The bank statements show the only source of income into this account is from the two Eskom suppliers,” said Kganyago.

He said the investigation uncovered no evidence that could point to a proposition that Thephunokhetja Projects rendered services or was legally entitled to claim for goods or services rendered to either Commodity Logistix Managers Africa and Thembathlo.

“There was no evidence or explanation that the funds held in Thephunokhetja Projects  bank account were anything other than unauthorised gratification.”

Kganyago said the order prohibited both Petrus Mazibuko and Shadrack Mazibuko from dealing with funds held in the bank account.

He said the investigation had also revealed that Petrus Mazibuko had not obtained any written authority to do work outside his Eskom employment, or to receive any remuneration in addition to his Eskom salary.

“This is a violation of Eskom’s conflict of interest policy requiring all employees to annually disclose their interests. This evidence was referred to Eskom with the recommendation to suspend Mazibuko pending the investigation’s finalisation.”

He said the investigation stemmed from a presidential proclamation issued in 2018 to the SIU, compelling it to investigate the procurement of, or contracting for, services by Eskom and payments made in regard to these services.

“The proclamation allows the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration in the affairs of Eskom in which the power utility company suffered financial losses that can be recovered.”

The SIU investigation is continuing, he said.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha confirmed the SIU’s information, saying the information was referred to them by Eskom after a whistle-blower report.

“The whistle-blower informed Eskom he had been asked for a bribe by the individual, and Eskom then referred the information to the SIU. Together they looked into the allegations and found R12m in his personal account. Following the issuing of the order, Eskom has immediately initiated steps to suspend the individual,” he said.

A former Eskom executive said corruption within the primary energy department was rife, and coal contracts were lucrative for syndicates that worked there.

Mazibuko, the source said, was in charge of operations in the department and oversaw the work of all coal contracts, and made the decision on which service providers were fined for contravening conditions of contracts.

Another source, with knowledge of the SIU’s investigation, said one modus operandi was that senior managers in Eskom would often direct coal supply contracts to companies that were far from stations in order to award logistics contracts to companies with which they had relationships.

“People in primary energy were untouchable. A lot of the focus is on exco members, but the money is [among] the senior management, who have direct access to these suppliers. They are the ones who make money, and they were protected by one or two executive members,” the source said.

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Ivory Coast’s ex-President Gbagbo returns home after ICC acquittal

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Former Ivory Coast President, Laurent Gbagbo, has returned home, 10 years after he was taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity.

Mr Gbagbo has been living in the Belgian capital Brussels since his release from detention three years ago.

His successor and rival President Alassane Ouattara invited him back.

He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC but was acquitted of all charges.

The 76-year-old was charged after his refusal to accept defeat in a 2010 election that triggered a civil war that left 3,000 people dead. He always denied all the allegations.

In March, the ICC appeals court upheld a 2019 acquittal, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Mr Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, an ally and former youth leader who was accused of leading a militia backing him.

 

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Rare Video Of The Point Between Lybia and Italy Where The Mediterranean Sea Does Not Mix

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Rare Video Of The Point Between Lybia and Italy Where The Mediterranean Sea Does Not Mix

Pedawan.com has chanced  On a New video Circulating online where the Mediterranean Sea between Lybia and Italy do not mix

Apparently ,the video has got Netizens talking considering the fact that the two sea does not mix though they are very close – In normal circumstances it should be mixing

This ,has been ,some of  the route for immigrants from Africa who want to enter Europe to enjoy supposedly Better life

 

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Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has died

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• A former Zambian president has died

• Kenneth Kaunda was at the forefront of Zambia’s independence struggle

• He was 97

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, a former president of Zambia, has died.

The man who was one of the men at the forefront of the struggle for Zambia’s independence from British rule died at 97, an announcement on Thursday, June 17, 2021, has said.

Also known as KK, former president Kaunda had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment at a military hospital in Lusaka, reports herald.co.zw.

He recently asked for prayers from all Zambians and the international community when he got into the hospital.

Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the country got independence from Britain, until 1991.

He was one of the few surviving liberation heroes in the region.

His death has come at a time when Zambia is battling a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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