Business watchdog to take legal action over Eskom-Gupta coal tender

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Business-rights watchdog, AfriSake, has confirmed it will be taking legal action against Eskom following weekend reports that the power utility handed over a R2-billion coal tender to a company owned by the controversial government connected Gupta family.

In a statement on Polticsweb, AfriSake national spokesperson, Stefan Pieterse, said the regular had given Eskom 30 days to provide complete information about the details of the contract awarded to Tegeta Explorations & Resources, for the supply of coal to the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga over the next 10 years.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that the company’s previous attempts at securing the contract was rejected on four occasions due to poor coal quality, while a number of senior members were also suspended after brining the matter up.

“Because of rumours of corruption and deceit as well as Eskom’s political ties to the ANC, such a contract should not even have been discussed,” Pieterse said.

“Taxpayers’ money is being used, therefore, a company like Eskom should at all times act transparent and impeccable. If our requests are met with non-cooperation, an internal appeal will be our next step”.

 

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