Ex-Eskom manager France Hlakudi now seeks legal aid, tax evasion case postponed again

France Hlakudi during a previous hearing.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has again adjourned the tax evasion case against former Eskom investment contracts manager France Hlakudi.

Hlakudi appeared briefly in court on Thursday before the case was adjourned until May 31, when the court will hear the outcome of his legal aid application.

He had previously told the court he would represent himself in the R30 million fraud trial, but later changed his mind to seek legal aid.

Hlakudi is charged with 44 fraud and tax evasion charges related to his companies Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation, Coxinel Chicken and Bon Services Telcom. Some accusations date back to 2005.

The state accused him of falsifying his tax returns by claiming his businesses had no income and not registering them for VAT.

Hlakudi is also charged in a separate R745 million fraud case linked to the troubled Kusile power station in Mpumalanga.

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