- Matshela Koko has been accused of promising a company Eskom contracts if it subcontracted a company partially-owned by his step-daughter
- Additionally, Eskom reportedly granted his stepdaughter's company R800 million in dubious contracts
- The Hawks and Special Investigating Unit have since launched investigations into allegations of shady dealings within the power utility
Matshela Koko, the former acting CEO of Eskom, is facing allegations that he promised an engineering company lucrative contracts if it subcontracted work to a company co-owned by his step-daughter, Koketso Choma.
Koko reportedly promised the Swiss engineering company R6.5 billion in contracts, provided it brought in Impulse International to handle work on the Kusile power plant.
His stepdaughter partially owns Impulse, which received an R800 million contract.
Additionally, Impulse International was awarded other contracts worth at least R25 million despite not qualifying for the work and without meeting necessary conditions.
This is according to a bombshell report released by the Sunday Times.
The Special Investigating Unit is reportedly looking into the accusations of dubious contracts at Eskom. The power utility has since said that it will be co-operating with these investigations, as well as those conducted by the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies.
This follows reports that Eskom paid a US firm R13 billion for designing the Kusile power plant, which continues to under-perform and has been singled out as contributing to South Africa's energy crisis.
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