A manager at Eskom’s Hendrina Power Station and an alleged accomplice were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly doing business with the power utility which led to Eskom suffering a loss of more than R1m, reports the Daily Maverick.

Nontuthubo Surprise Mahweliri, the manager and her alleged accomplice, Mokgawa Sewla have been charged with fraud, theft and money laundering.

Mahweliri and Sewla were charged alongside Mahwerili’s company NKG Trading Investment, and Dithari Funding, of which Sewla is a director.

According to the Hawks, Mahweliri had denied she was doing business with Eskom.

Mahwerili and Sewla appeared in the Hendrina Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were released on R50 000 bail.

The matter was postponed to 19 February at the Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

Meanwhile, the NPA has been criticised for failing to successfully prosecute complex financial crimes related to Eskom.

One of the largest Eskom corruption cases, the R2.2bn Kusile state capture corruption case, was struck off the roll in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Middelburg on 21 November due to ‘unreasonable delays’ after the NPA’s Investigating Directorate requested yet another postponement.

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