Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said the sentencing was another welcome milestone in the power utility’s efforts to weed out corruption within its rank.
“While the sums involved in this particular case are relatively modest, the conviction and sentencing of these criminals should send a strong message to all Eskom employees that corrupt elements have no place in the organisation.
“This is only one of the many cases of corruption that Eskom is pursuing involving staff,” De Ruyter said.
The pair was arrested in October 2019 after an investigation initiated by Eskom's audit and forensics department.
The thieves had stolen just under R35m from Eskom in a corruption scam that occurred between January 2016 and September 2018, perpetrated through the creation of fictitious invoices and payments for services not rendered to Meagra Transportation, a company owned by Tshabalala.
Moraka was convicted for fraudulently creating 53 invoices and then paying Meagra Transportation.
The proceeds of the crime were squandered on expensive overseas travel — including holiday trips to places such as Disneyland in the US and Paris, and the acquisition of luxury motor vehicles and other properties.