Gupta-linked companies Trillian and McKinsey have until Thursday to submit to the National Prosecuting Authority a list of its assets to be frozen or seized.

They were officially served with a preservation order to freeze assets worth R1.6bn.

However, in a statement on Wednesday, McKinsey’s spokesperson Bonita Dordel said it had not been formally provided with any affidavit or order from any authority regarding this matter.

“We encourage the authorities to share with us the documents that have been shared with the press,” said Dordel.

Dordel said, while the company could not comment, it welcomed all “actions to resolve this issue and will continue to cooperate with the South African authorities and official investigations into these matters”.

In addition, the company said it had written to Eskom at least five times, asking the power utility to initiate necessary proceedings before the court in relation to the unlawful turnaround contract, and reiterated that it was still willing to pay back the money.

“While we cannot comment on items we have not seen in full, no new information has emerged from the public reports that changes our understanding of the facts. When this issue first arose, we launched a comprehensive investigation.

“We stand by our statement of 17 October 2017, in which we categorically rejected the notion that our firm was involved in any acts of bribery or corruption related to our work at Eskom and our interaction with Regiments or Trillian,” said Dordel

SOURCE:news24

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