THE ESKOM FILES | Achtung! NPA asks Germany, Switzerland for assistance in Koko, ABB probe

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Under investigation: Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko.
Under investigation: Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko.
Esa Alexander, Gallo Images, Sowetan

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has requested Mutual Legal Assistance from Swiss and German prosecutors in a bid to bring criminal charges against former Eskom boss Matshela Koko and others in connection with a controversial R2.2 billion contract.

Two senior officials in the criminal justice cluster who spoke on condition of anonymity told News24 that the NPA wants the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLAs) to firm up and finalise several criminal investigations flowing from Eskom's appointment of Swiss-based engineering firm ABB in 2015 for a contract at Kusile Power Station.

News24 understands that ABB conducted an internal investigation which found significant evidence of wrongdoing by its employees. This, in part, led to ABB agreeing to pay back R1.56 billion to Eskom in December 2020.

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