South African authorities are investigating fraudulent transactions that cost state power utility Eskom R2 billion, City Press reported, citing the Special Investigating Unit.
The transactions involved several companies billing Eskom over the past three years for work that was never done, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said.
The probe began after a whistleblower alleged that at least three unidentified Eskom officials were colluding with various service providers to generate fraudulent invoices, it said.
Eskom spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha confirmed the investigation and said it is at an advanced stage.
“Eskom will take the appropriate measures once we have received the final report, which will be in a few weeks’ time,” he said by phone on Sunday.
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