- A former Eskom short-term contract employee stationed at Tutuka Power Station was arrested on 10 May 2023 for fraud and corruption.
- Zandile Rosemary Ngcobo who was employed as a Procurement Officer appeared before the Standerton Magistrate Court on the same day and was granted bail of R5 000.
- She is charged with theft, fraud and money laundering.
The accused allegedly colluded with two Eskom employees and a supplier in purchasing a shipping container at an inflated price of R939 550. The container was delivered on site, however, it did not meet the specifications and was only valued at R20 000. As a result, Eskom suffered a loss of R919 550.
Ngcobo appeared again alongside co-accused Jessie Phindile Kubeka, who is a shareholder of an Eskom supplier company called Mnandi (Pty) Ltd, Eskom employees Sarah Nomsa Sibiya, Senior Technician Operating, and Bhekizizwe Solomon Twala, Senior Store Person, who are all facing the same charges at Middleburg Commercial Crime Court on 11 May 2023. They will appear again in the Middleburg Commercial Court on 8 June 2023.
Eskom will continue to provide the required support to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to ensure that the suspects are successfully prosecuted and that a stiff sanction is meted out as a favourable outcome that will serve to deter other would-be offenders.
These arrests continue to demonstrate Eskom’s pursuit to ensure that perpetrators face the full might of the law and zero tolerance towards crime.
Eskom urges the public to report information regarding theft of coal, fuel oil, diesel, infrastructure and fraudulent acts to the Eskom Crime Line: 0800 11 27 22.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal