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Madonsela incorporates Hitachi deal into Medupi probe

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says this new information will help her probe.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela speaks during a media briefing in Pretoria on 28 August 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says information published by US regulators on the Chancellor House/Hitachi plea agreement, will be used in her ongoing investigation into the construction of the Medupi Power Station.

Several organisations have asked Madonsela to investigate the deal after US authorities said this week Hitachi has agreed to pay a R250,000 million fine.

This after being accused of using the political influence of Chancellor House - the African National Congress' investment vehicle - to land Eskom contracts.

She says this new information will help her probe.

"We take note of what the Americans have found and it will be added to the file. The team that is investigating the matter will at some stage make contact with the Americans."

Molefe was the chair of the board of trustees of Chancellor House when it won the contracts in 2009.

The then board of trustees says he and the other trustees were not involved in the day to day running of Chancellor House.

"I know nothing about any discussions of a transaction with Hitachi."

He added that says he won't speculate on what actually happened.

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