Eskom bosses face arrest

The urgent application was filed on Monday in the High Court in Johannesburg, and central to it is the multibillion-rand tender for the replacement of steam generators at Koeberg, which Eskom awarded to French company Areva in August.

For R4.3 billion, Areva’s contract is to design, manufacture and install six steam generators at Koeberg’s two reactors in 2018.

But rival bidders Westinghouse Electric SA believes that the tendering process was flawed and irregular, so it has hauled Eskom to court, requesting that all documentation that helped Eskom choose Areva as a competent bidder be availed to it.

A September 5 court order by the High Court in Joburg granted Westinghouse’s request and Eskom had five working days to provide all documentation, such as ballot papers cast on August 12, and audio recordings and transcripts of meetings at which the tender was discussed.

But Eskom has withheld the bulk of the documentation, a move Westinghouse said in court papers was a demonstration of “deviousness and mendacity that defies belief”.

Eskom executives Matshela Koko and Suzanne Daniels should therefore be jailed for 30 days because they are in contempt of Judge Roland Sutherland’s order, Westinghouse said…

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