Koko corruption case postponed again

Difficulties in communication between the interpreter, the accused and the court, resulted in yet another postponement of the R2.2 billion fraud case.

On Tuesday, the Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court postponed the case involving Eskom’s former interim Chief Executive, Matshela Koko, his wife, Mosima Koko, and Koko’s stepdaughters, Koketso Aren and Thato Choma, as well as former SALGA Chief Executive Thabo Mokwena, Eskom Project Director at Kusile, Hlupheka Sithole, Johannes Coetzee, Watson Seswai, and Lese’tsa Johanne Mutchinya.

The group is facing charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering amounting to R2.2 billion, in relation to the Kusile Power Station.

The court called the investigating officer to the stand to question him about the 342A Criminal Procedure Act application to determine if there was an unreasonable delay in the case.

During the cross-examination, the court encountered a breakdown in communication, resulting in the court and the accused not being able to hear the interpreter properly.

The matter has been adjourned to November 9.

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