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Matshela Koko arrested hours before a tell-all interview

Former Eskom CEO Matšhela Koko was arrested on Thursday morning, hours before he was scheduled to do a tell-all interview about corruption at the embattled power utility.

According to reports he, his wife, and his step-daughter were allegedly arrested by the NPA’s Investigating Directorate on corruption charges relating to his time at Eskom.

According to IOL, Sindisiwe Seboka, the spokesperson for the Investigating Directorate said eight people were expected to appear in the Mpumalanga Middleburg Magistrates’ Court on charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

“The accused are to be arraigned on charges arising from alleged irregular contracts granted for the building of Kusile Power Stations valued at over R2 billion. The accused were arrested in Gauteng and Mpumalanga this morning at the crack of dawn,” she said.

matshela koko was arrested before the interview
Mr. Koko was arrested just hours before a tell-all interview

What are the allegations against Koko?

News24 reported that the arrest of Koko, his wife, and stepdaughter relates to a multi-billion rand contract Eskom entered with Swiss engineering company Asea Brown Bovei (ABB) back in 2015.

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Koko, who has been extremely vocal about corruption at Eskom following his departure from the parastatal was scheduled to give a tell-all interview to author Kim Heller and The Press Club South Africa.

It is unclear at this stage whether the event will go ahead. This is a developing story.

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