Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko is scheduled to face judgment at the Middelburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The focus of this hearing is to determine whether there was an unjustifiable delay in his case. Koko and his co-accused, which includes his wife and two stepdaughters, were initially arrested in October on charges related to fraud, corruption, and money laundering, as reported by Eyewitness News.
The charges stem from alleged irregularities in contracts worth millions of rands for work at the Kusile Power Station, awarded to companies associated with Koko’s friends and family. Magistrate Stanley Jacobs, overseeing the case, ordered an inquiry into the delays following multiple postponement requests from the State. The most recent delay, in September, was attributed to the State awaiting six witness statements and various expert reports.
While the defence contends that the State’s investigations are still ongoing, more than a year after the arrests, the State asserts that they are nearing completion. The court will ultimately determine whether there was an unreasonable delay in the proceedings. If such a finding is made, the court can issue any necessary orders to resolve the matter, including potentially striking it off the court’s docket. The outcome of this judgment is yet to be revealed.
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