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Eskom Calls For More Arrests After Ex-ABB Employees Apprehended

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Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s state-owned power utility, called for more arrests after police apprehended two former employees of Swiss industrial firm ABB Ltd. and their wives for corruption linked to more than half a billion rand ($29.4 million) of contracts. 

The two former ABB workers are accused of defrauding Eskom by receiving 8.6 million rand in kickbacks, including cash and luxury cars, by awarding a 549.6 million rand sub-contract, the National Prosecuting Authority said in a statement. Their spouses allegedly also profited from this, Eskom said in a separate statement on Wednesday.