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Hawks Launch Investigation into Alleged Political Sabotage at Eskom

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In an unprecedented move, the Directory for Priority Crime Investigation, colloquially known as "the Hawks," are validating intelligence reports commissioned by former Eskom CEO, André de Ruyter. The reports, known as the Fivaz reports, suggest involvement of high-ranking politicians in corruption and sabotage at Eskom.

While the Hawks have confirmed that senior politicians' names indeed surface in the reports, they ensure that further evidence will underpin these claims. Andy Mothibi, Head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), echoed these sentiments during a recent address to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, vowing to make names public only after thorough investigations.

The SIU's role within this is culling through the Fivaz report, which has already led to the identification of 50 entities that supposedly received contracts from Eskom. The SIU aims to build a detailed database to best understand the potential shady dealings.

The Fivaz reports consists of 348 individual intelligence reports comprised of 23 liaison reports, spanning a total of 1,150 pages. The extensive report throws light on several potential criminal status quo at Eskom and its power stations. Following the detection of 31 suspicious contracts awarded across eight power stations, the SIU has already commenced investigation into these.

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