Sat, 17 Apr 2021

  • Former Eskom senior manager France Hlakudi is facing charges involving personal tax fraud and evasion.
  • Hlakudi has brought an application to have the case struck from the roll.
  • A Pretoria magistrate will rule on the case next month.

Former Eskom senior manager France Hlakudi brought an application in the Pretoria Regional Court on Wednesday to have his tax fraud and evasion case struck off the roll.

His lawyers argued the fraud charges should not be applicable in this case and should be struck off before it proceeded to trial, the spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority's Investigating Unit, Sindisiwe Twala, said.

However, the Investigating Directorate argued Hlakudi "intentionally defrauded the South African Revenue Services by failing to disclose his true income, which amounts to an intent to defraud the state", she added.

"The fraud and contravention of the Tax Administration Act charges are in relation to his personal tax affairs and that of his companies, Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation cc, Coxinel Chicken (Pty) Ltd and Bon Services Telcom cc. This is for the funds received between 2015 and 2018."

Hlakudi was Kusile power station's senior manager for capital contracts.

Magistrate Adriaan Bekker will hand down judgment on 22 April.

Last Tuesday, Hlakudi appeared in court alongside his former colleague, former Eskom executive Abram Masango, Tubular Construction CEO Antonio Trindade, and Limpopo businessman Maphoko Kgomoeswana in relation to a R745 million corruption case at the Kusile power station.

That case was postponed to 1 June to allow for the exchange of additional documents requested by the defence, Twala said.

The accused face charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering, offering unauthorised gratification and receiving unauthorised gratification over a period of three years.

Source: News24

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