Eskom asks for SIU probe

2012-02-07 22:33

Johannesburg - Eskom has asked the special investigating unit (SIU) to probe whether there is corruption, fraud and maladministration within its divisions.

The electricity provider said on Tuesday that the investigation had been formally authorised by presidential proclamation.

"Eskom requested the SIU to examine... a cross-section of Eskom's divisions, with a special focus on procurement and on staff or management doing business with Eskom."

The proclamation meant the SIU could use the full range of its powers.

This included ordering people to produce specified books, documents or objects, or to appear in person before the SIU to answer questions under oath.

Eskom said that if any criminal activity was found, this would be referred to the relevant prosecuting authority for action.

The SIU would also work closely with the national prosecuting authority and the police.

Eskom said areas the SIU would focus on were the procurement of coal and transport services, and any undisclosed interests held in companies with which it did business.

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  • Marcell - 2012-02-08 00:09

    Contact details for the SUI officer in charge please.

      John - 2012-02-08 01:33 All contact information is there

      Marcell - 2012-02-08 10:28

      I want a email contact.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-08 01:11

    Are we getting scared?? Looking for the scape goats???

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-08 06:34

    Before you start the investigation I reckon about 90% of SA can give you an answer

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-08 06:38

    Why not investigate all departments esp tenders above R1mil?

  • pws69 - 2012-02-08 07:13

    Remember dear South Africans, that just in incompetence alone, ESKOM and the ANC are going to cost us R1 TRILLION in ADDITIONAL expenditure on Power stations. Yes, you read right R1,000,000,000,000-00 (Erwin: If we built power stations when we were told to in 1996, it would have cost R250 billion to R300 Billion, now it has escalated to over R1,2 Trillion). Just to add the cherry to that pie, we hear that there might be wholesale corruption and tenderpreneurship, costing us at least another 25% more (Gordhan).

  • Silvana - 2012-02-08 07:20

    Erens is daar n drol in die water. Why can't Eskom do their own investigating? Oh right, "my uncle in charge of finances, only has Grade 8" My bad!

  • Jeffrey - 2012-02-08 07:42

    "Eskom has asked the special investigating unit (SIU) to probe whether there is corruption, fraud and maladministration within its divisions." Yes, there is. Was that so hard?

      procold2 - 2012-02-08 08:41

      agree jeffrey,dont need a rocket scientist

      John - 2012-02-08 09:09

      My dear two (Jeffrey and Procold2) rocket scientist Becouse, Investigation (aka Audit) needs to provide a reasonable assurance that statements (findings) are free from error and not influenced by internal staff member(s)....

  • Ben - 2012-02-08 07:58

    Once this has been done, and thereafter done on a regular basis plus establishing that everybody, including Zimbabwe pays the same price for electricity usage, I will pay my electricity account with a smile.

  • Dennis - 2012-02-08 08:00

    Oh this should make for enjoyable reading !!

  • Henk - 2012-02-08 08:31

    hoe vra jy vir 'n ondersoek na die kriminele aktiwiteite in jou organisasie dan spesifiseer jy wat ondersoek mag word? wat van die buitensporige bonusse en top personeel se betrokkenheid? hoekom word dit uitgesluit?

  • Hendrik - 2012-02-08 09:12

    Investigation - Everybody that works at ESCOM with money or tenders. The BIG FAT CHEESES at the top. SIU, can go home because nothing will happen to these corrupt people.

  • Johan - 2012-02-08 18:26

    There is something abnormal about the price of Medupi and Kusile - even by South African standards. These power stations are very large (almost 5GW each) because of perceived economies of scale. Yet... the cost of each of these things are roughly 3 to 4 times higher (on an overnight basis) than comparable units being built in India today. The mind boggles - it is just not possible unless there is corruption on a massive scale involved. They need to sell the electricity from these things at around R1.50/kWh in order to repay the capital. It will make the country uncompetitive for decades to come. Watch this space....

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