Crime

Businessmen accused of Billions in fraud

Police are investigating a case of fraud and possible corruption against two well-known businessmen, Joe Singh and Peet Erasmus.

But whether it is a case opened by Eskom to the value of R5,8 billion is still uncertain. Preliminary indications are that the amounts mentioned are either false or unfounded.

It was initially reported that Eskom registered a case against Just Coal, Middelburg Power Supplies, JS Group, Camm Transport, Kusile Mining and Joe Singh Group.

But upon investigation it was revealed that the allegations were published on a fake news site and it appears that policemen have no information on the matter.

The case is said to have been opened at the Sandton Police Station, where the spokesperson confirmed that a case relating to fraud was opened but never investigated.

“Unfortunately we do not have the details regarding the case as it has been taken off our hands,” the spokesperson said. None of the allegations could be confirmed.

In response and on behalf of himself and Mr Singh, Mr Peet Erasmus told the Middelburg Observer that the matter was only brought to his attention following an enquiry from the www.mobserver.co.za “We had no contact from the SAPS nor were we advised of the case being laid or what it is about,” said Mr Erasmus.

He said that he arranged a meeting with the investigating officer, Lt. Col. Baatjies in Johannesburg, to discuss the matter, who in turn referred him to Capt. Ngobeni who has taken over the docket.

“Capt. Ngobeni bluntly refused to engage with me,” said Mr Erasmus. “We have in the interim referred the matter to the Crimes Unit, whom in turn confirmed to us that the case is invalid”.

According to reports, there is a buzz in intelligence circles regarding the case but authorities have so far failed to confirm any of the allegations.

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