Standerton – Fraud-accused Eskom Procurement Officer 43-year-old Zandile Rosemary Ngcobo – who was released on bail a day earlier – appeared in the Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Ngcobo, who is stationed at Tutuka Power Station, was released on R5 000 bail by the Standerton Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga.
She had been arrested for her part in a scam that involved inflating service provider invoices that were submitted to Eskom.
Upon her release, Ngcobo’s matter was moved to the Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court, where she appeared on Thursday alongside her co-accused 55-year-old Annemarie Stander, 61-year-old Jessica Khubheka, 59-year-old Solomon Twala, and 49-year-old Nomsa Sibiya.
The accused face charges of fraud, theft, and money laundering.
Investigations revealed that in 2021 Eskom’s Tutuka Power Station issued an order to Umnandi Conference and Catering for the purchase and delivery of two containers.
It is alleged that Ngcobo colluded with Umnandi Services to steal money from her employer by submitting fraudulent documents with prices inflated from R60 000 to R 939 000.
Bail was extended and the case against all five accused was postponed to 8 June 2023.