BBBEE Commission confirms fake Gupta-linked companies’ BEE certificates

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean Macpherson and the DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone would, according to a press release just received,  lay criminal charges against companies and individuals implicated in the awarding of fake BEE certificates to Gupta-linked companies. This comes after explosive findings by the BBBEE Commission that Gupta-aligned companies used fraudulent BEE certificates to secure contracts and payments from Eskom.

This would include criminal charges against Tegetta, Optimum and Trillian for misrepresentation of their BEE status and for providing false information to Eskom, against Anoj Singh, Prish Govender, Simone Mitchell (for failing to check the authenticity of the BEE certificates), Edwin Mabelane and A. Nteta who were aware of the value of the contracts to Trillian, Tegetta and Optimum but failed to report misrepresentation to the Commission in terms of Section 130 (2) of the Act.

The DA will also lay complaints with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) and the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants.

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