Eskom officials, Gert Opperman and Johann Bester have testified at the State Capture Commission, on Friday, in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Earlier this week Snehal Nagar of Eskom’s Primary Energy Division said that Eskom’s payment system had to be manipulated in order to make a controversial 600-million-rand pre-payment to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources. Nagar said he was instructed to effect the payment within a matter of hours of the request.
Nagar said that there were no supporting documents for the request and the whole transaction went against the Eskom’s procurement processes.
The commission’s Evidence leader and Senior Counsel, advocate Phillip Mokoena said that an assessment of the statement brought forward by Nagar, showed that Eskom’s tender board committee resolved to give Tegeta the 600-million-Rand prepayment without Tegeta ever having asked for the funds.
Opperman admitted he signed off on the deal even when he knew it was irregular. No wonder Eskom can not meet its debt obligations. The power utility squandered so much money away.
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