New evidence links Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh directly to payments of hundreds of millions of rands to a Gupta-linked firm the power utility denied knowing about. The Times has also unearthed evidence of a number of trips by Singh to Dubai on the Guptas’ tab at the time of major deals between Gupta entities and parastatals he worked for. Eskom last week finally admitted to paying R495-million to Trillian Capital Partners, owned by key Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa. Eskom’s top executives — including Singh — claimed their previous denials had been because of confusion about Trillian’s relationship with the power utility. But The Times has obtained new evidence from a whistleblower that shows Singh had direct knowledge of the Trillian payments as far back as February 2016 — nearly two months before the first payment of R30.6-million. E-mails show that Singh was sent the first Trillian invoice, itemised for “Eskom corporate plan deliverable”, on February 11 2016. The invoic...

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