PRETORIA – Former Eskom Senior Manager: Group Capital Division France Hlakudi (48), appeared briefly before the Specialized Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria yesterday for alleged tax fraud following a joint investigation by the Serious Commercial Crime and South African Revenue Service (SARS).

Hlakudi has been charged for contravening the Tax Administration Act for allegedly not declaring his income during the period 2016 – 2018 which in the South African Receiver of Revenue (SARS) losing approximately R30 million. He is charged, firstly in his personal capacity and secondly as a director of three entities. Hlakudi is out on a warning and the case has been postponed to 27 May 2020.

Meanwhile, Hlakudi was first arrested in December 2019 with other suspects on a fraud and corruption case which allegedly took place during the implementation of Kusile Project. They were granted bail for an amount of R300 000 each and the case was remanded to 25 May 2020.