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NPA Investigating Directorate confident Kusile case will be re-enrolled

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate has expressed confidence that the Ekbom’s Kusile R2.2 billion case will be re-enrolled once all aspects of the investigation are completed.

This comes after the Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court ruled on Tuesday that there had been an unreasonable delay in the completion of the investigation, resulting in the case being struck off the roll.

The accused in the case include former SA Local Government Association Chief Executive Thabo Mokwena, Eskom’s former interim Chief Executive Matshela Koko, his wife, Mosima Koko, and Koko’s stepdaughters, Koketso Aren and Thato Choma.

Others are the most senior on site, Kusile Eskom Project Directorate Hlupheka Sithole, Lawyer Johannes Coetzee, Watson Seswa and Johannes Mutchinya..

The corruption case against Koko and 18 co-accused has not been withdrawn or acquitted, according to the Investigating Directorate Spokesperson, Sindisiwe Seboka.

The ID will continue to investigate the case in line with its original strategy, despite the court’s ruling on the unreasonable delay.

Seboka noted that the delays were not anticipated at the time of the arrest of the accused, due to the complexity and volume of evidence seized, particularly after the arrest and enrolment.

“The ID is currently compiling outstanding reports and will re-apply for the case to be re-enrolled within a reasonable period of time, as soon as all aspects of the investigation have been completed.”

The case has been closely watched by the public, as it involves allegations of corruption and fraud at Eskom, one of South Africa’s largest state-owned enterprises.

The ID’s commitment to continuing the investigation and re-enrolling the case demonstrates its determination to hold those responsible for corruption and fraud accountable.

 

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