Former Eskom Executive for Group Capital, Abram Masango, allegedly abused his position to influence the appointment of a company, Mahamba Transport and General Enterprises, in which he had personal interests and which made numerous payments to him and his family.
According to a progress document by law firm Bowmans sent to Eskom, Bowmans were investigating Masango's abuse of power in instructing contractors to use Mahamba Transport. Bowmans confirmed during their investigation that Masango had instructed a major contractor at the Kusile Power Station, Esorfranki, to hire Mahamba Transport. Bowmans said:
In a recommendation to Eskom to precautionarily suspend Masango, Bowmans told then head of legal Jerome Mthembu that they were investigating allegations made by a whistleblower that Esorfranki had made recurring "corrupt payments" to Mahamba. CEO of Esorfranki, Wessel van Zyl said these payments were for "transportation of employees from hostels to the Kusile site as we could not provide this ourselves, as this would have been our preference. This endangered the lives of our staff, and we were forced to use local transporters".