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Eri Sub-Contractor Employee Arrested for Bribery at Eskom

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Eri Sub-Contractor Employee Arrested for Bribery at Eskom

An incident of bribery at the Camden Power Station has led to the arrest of an Eskom Rotek Industries (ERI) sub-contractor. The arrest, which occurred on October 11, 2023, serves as a significant step in the fight against corruption within the Eskom ecosystem.

Eri Sub-Contractor Employee Arrested for Bribery at Eskom

The Bribery Attempt

The suspect’s actions began when he approached a coal truck driver, alleging that coal mixed with rocks had been off-loaded on September 26, 2023.

To substantiate his claim, the suspect entered the truck cab and presented three pieces of rocks, which he asserted were part of the coal meant for delivery at the power station.

He conveyed to the driver that the presence of rocks was problematic and that he intended to halt all truck operations. At that moment, three trucks were waiting in the queue.

Subsequently, the suspect insisted that the driver contact his employer. The driver complied and reached out to his supervisor at the coal transportation company.

The supervisor engaged with the suspect, who attempted to secure a bribe by demanding a sum of R6,000 (R2,000 for each truck). In return, he promised to permit the coal to be offloaded.

Despite the supervisor’s refusal to accede to the suspect’s demands, the coal trucks were eventually allowed to offload their cargo.

The entire conversation between the driver, supervisor, and the suspect was recorded through the truck’s fleet vehicle camera system.

Internal Investigation Findings

An internal investigation by Eskom confirmed that the sub-contractor had indeed sought a bribe from both the hauler and his supervisor.

The investigation also revealed that the coal delivery, contrary to the suspect’s claims, met Eskom’s specifications.

Confession and Legal Action

The suspect later confessed to the act of soliciting a bribe. Consequently, he was apprehended and detained at the Ermelo Police Station.

He has been charged with bribery and made an appearance before the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on October 12, 2023, in accordance with Ermelo CAS: 114/10/2023.

Eskom’s Response

Botse Sikhwitshi, Acting General Manager for Security at Eskom, commended the driver and supervisor for their refusal to engage in bribery and for promptly reporting the incident to Eskom. Such collaborative efforts are integral to combating crime and corruption effectively.

Sikhwitshi emphasized the presence of compelling evidence against the suspect, indicating a strong case.

Eskom also extended appreciation to the South African Police Service for their prompt and efficient action in arresting the suspect. The Eskom Group Security team conducted a thorough investigation that contributed to this swift response.

Public Involvement

Eskom urges the public to remain vigilant and report any instances of fraud, bribery, corruption, or other criminal activities through the Eskom Crime Line at 0800 11 27 22. Public cooperation is crucial in the ongoing battle against unlawful practices.

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Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

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As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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