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South Africa: Nearly 2,000 Eskom Fraud and Corruption Cases Registered

Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, says 1 952 cases related to corruption at Eskom have been registered with the police since April last year.

Ramokgopa was delivering the ministry’s Budget Vote Debate at Parliament’s Good Hope Chamber on Wednesday evening.

Corruption, including state capture, has hampered the power utility and is viewed as a contributor to its current challenges in generating adequate electricity generation capacity for the country.

“A total of 1 952 Eskom related cases were reported to the SA Police Service between 1 April 2022 and 29 May 2023, with 1 405 cases still under investigation, and 126 arrests have been made.

“A further 302 Eskom related cases were reported to the SA Police Service between 1 April 2023 and 29 May 2023, with 285 of the cases still under investigation, and 31 arrests effected.

“A total of 214 arrests, emanating from combatting operations, were made through the collaborative efforts of law enforcement, together with key interdepartmental role players. The total value of items seized was R89 933 212,” Ramokgopa said.

The Minister said these cases are tangible evidence that the power utility’s increased anti-corruption measures are beginning to take root.

“Whilst much remains, these interventions are beginning to turn the situation around, and there are indications that operational measures implemented have clearly disrupted the activities of criminal syndicates,” he said.

Turning to continued social media reports of an impending complete blackout of the electricity grid, Ramokgopa assured South Africans that such an occurrence is unlikely.