Who is Michael Lomas? UK police arrest man linked to Eskom fraud

A major construction executive has been arrested in the UK on Friday morning, various sources have confirmed. Michael Lomas, who is accused of partaking in corrupt activities involving Eskom, may soon be extradited over to South Africa.

Who is Michael Lomas?

SA has an extradition treaty in place with the UK. Now Lomas has been arrested, he will be flown into South Africa to face a judicial process – one that could put him behind bars for a maximum of 15 years. As we’ve learned with both the Bushiris and the Guptas, bringing overseas-based criminals back to Mzansi is a difficult task – but it can be done…

National Prosecuting Authority Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said earlier this month that the directorate had formally requested that  Michael Lomas, former board chairperson of Tubular Construction who is currently living in the United Kingdom, be extradited to stand trial with the other four accused in South Africa.

The former Eskom executives Abram Masango and France Hlakudi are accused of receiving undue gratification valued at R30 million each, from the contractors Trindade and Lomas himself, between 2014 to 2017.

Eskom fraudster set to be flown over from UK

Investigating Directorate (ID) spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said the directorate had, in turn, argued that Hlakudi had intentionally defrauded the South African Revenue Services by failing to disclose his true income, which amounted to an intent to defraud the state. Hlakudi was Eskom Kusile Power Station senior manager for capital contracts. 

Tubular Construction, and a number of other stakeholders, are now facing several charges – including counts of corruption, money laundering, and receiving unauthorised gratification in relation to Eskom’s Kusile R745m fraud case.

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Presh JM Reporter

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