South Africa’s power utility Eskom said it was working with law enforcement, investigative agencies and the state capture inquiry in order to recover millions stolen from it in recent years.
Eskom’s spokesperson Dikatso Mothae told Xinhua on Wednesday that recovering the funds was part of Eskom’s plan to root out corruption.
“It’s part of Eskom’s strategy to fight malfeasance and corruption. The new board has been getting its hands dirty to make sure it deals with these issues,” she said.
It is believed that Eskom lost billions during the state capture years.
Mothae’s remarks comes after Eskom filled court papers against Deloitte Consulting so that the company can recover 207 million rand(about 14 million U.S. dollars) which was awarded to the auditing firm in 2016.
Eskom’s acting CEO Jabu Mabuza said Deloitte was overpaid when it was awarded three contracts by Eskom.
Mabuza said that they wanted the court to declare contracts awarded to Deloitte unconstitutional and be set aside.
“Deloitte must pay back the money paid to them. It is disheartening to see how the processes were subverted, proposals were submitted even before the tender process began,” he said.
In June this year the Pretoria high court ordered Trillian to repay Eskom 600 million rand, stating that it was awarded unlawfully to the company.
Eskom has vowed to continue with litigation in an effort to recover such funds from other companies. Enditem