Secret Eskom diesel deals revealed

A paediatrician and a businessman implicated in the plundering of ANC military veterans’ coffers were among the latest confirmed beneficiaries of Eskom’s massive diesel contracts, the Sunday Times reported.

The paper reported that two months after it filed a request under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Eskom provided the names of its suppliers.

Little-known ad hoc suppliers, that have found a gap in the market thanks to South Africa’s electricity crisis, and major oil companies were included on Eskom’s list.

This follows a recent report which revealed a dentist and a beautician to be directors of companies which supplied Eskom with diesel.

[Read: Eskom shock: dentist and beautician score massive contracts]

However, the beleaguered utility refused to say how much each company supplied or how much they were paid.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has said in parliament that the information was “commercially sensitive”.

One diesel supplier named by the Sunday Times was Johannes “Sparks” Motseki, who the paper said is a co-director of Mzantsi Petroleum and Lubricants.

He is a former treasurer of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association, and was implicated in the alleged misappropriation of R5 million from the organisation.

A draft investigation report by auditors Sizwe-NtsalubaGobodo recommended a probe after finding that the association leaders had spent its money on car tyres, spa treatments, and jewellery.

Motseki could not be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for Mzantsi Petroleum denied speculation that it sells diesel to Eskom at inflated prices.

The full report is available in the Sunday Times of 9 August 2015

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