THE ESKOM FILES | Flashy Eskom exec 'still owes us about a million bucks' says Pretoria builder

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The Eskom Files is an ongoing investigation by News24.
The Eskom Files is an ongoing investigation by News24.
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SVZ Projects says former Eskom official France Hlakudi still owes them money for the massive construction job undertaken at his private residence. Stephen van Zyl, owner of the construction company, says he is a witness in an ongoing investigation on the matter.

The Eskom Files show that Hlakudi attempted to hire a Kusile contractor to assist on the job, but the company rejected his approach. France Hlakudi, the former Eskom executive who spent millions of rand renovating his house in the east of Pretoria with money from a slush fund maintained by Eskom contractors, owes his renovators about R1 million.

Stephan van Zyl of SVZ Projects told News24 that Hlakudi - a former senior contract manager for group capital at Eskom - spent almost R8 million on his house in Blou Haak Street, Moreleta Park. Van Zyl is pursuing legal action to recoup the money. "He owes us about a million bucks, but we're probably never going to see that money again," he said. 

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