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South Africa Graft Ombudsman Holds Hearings in Renewables Probe – EQ Mag Pro

South Africa Graft Ombudsman Holds Hearings in Renewables Probe – EQ Mag Pro

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As part of an investigation into the awarding of contracts to independent renewable power producers.

South Africa’s graft ombudsman will hold a week of hearings as part of an investigation into the awarding of contracts to independent renewable power producers.

The probe was established in 2019 after a complaint by a non-governmental organization that alleged “improper conduct and maladministration” by Eskom and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the Public Protector’s spokesman Oupa Segalwe said in a post on Twitter.

The complaint alleges that Eskom’s contracts to buy electricity from so-called independent power producers were tainted by corruption and that unidentified senior executives came under political pressure to agree to the terms. Another grievance from a whistle-blower was received during the course of the investigation.

Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe will be the first to give evidence on Tuesday, Segalwe said. The hearings will continue through Friday.

Source : bloombergquint

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network