Eskom, investigations unit team up to weed out corruption

2011-03-23 10:49

Eskom is partnering with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to fight corruption in its ranks, the parastatal said today.

“Our partnership with the SIU will help us to... ensure that Eskom is ethical, well governed and has appropriate fraud detection and prevention measures in place,” said Brian Dames, Eskom chief executive.

During the three-year partnership, the SIU, government’s corruption fighting agency, would deploy a team of investigators to check all Eskom divisions.

“If any loopholes are identified, they will be closed. If corrupt activities are found, by Eskom staff or contractors, we will take appropriate action, including criminal prosecution if it is warranted,” said Dames.

The parties were finalising the agreement and an application for a proclamation by President Jacob Zuma was in progress. Once gazetted, it would confer special investigative powers on the SIU.

The investigations would focus on Eskom’s procurement contracts as the power utility spends R90 billion yearly on purchasing goods and services.

The SIU investigation would “seek to uncover any corrupt practices or conflicts of interest, and will identify risks for Eskom, including contract fraud and legal non-compliance”.

“This is going to strengthen our internal audit function, and especially our forensic team.

“It is going to strengthen the organisation as a whole,” said Dames.

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