Some of de Ruyter’s corruption claims were misleading: Makwana

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Former Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter


Eskom board chairperson, Mpho Makwana has told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that some of Andre de Ruyter’s corruption claims were misleading the public.

Makwana is among the Eskom executives appearing before Scopa to give their account on the graft claims made by the power utility’s former CEO.
The board is appearing a day after the law enforcement agencies including the Hawks and the SIU had their time in Parliament.
 Makwana says some of the claims made by the former CEO made it seem like there were new developments and no action was taken internally.
He says an internal task team was established to respond to the graft claims from the State Capture Commission.
“If one looks at issues of consequence management, since the establishment of that State Capture task team , a lot of disciplinary hearings have occurred inside Eskom,” says Makwana.
The Eskom board chairperson says some of de Ruyter’s utterances in that TV interview with our sister channel eNCA brought the company into public disrepute.
Makwana says the board then resolved to release him from his duties with immediate effect in February.
“The board met with de Ruyter after the interview aired in February. He told the board that if it felt he had embarrassed the company, he would bring his resignation forward. It was subsequently decided that he would leave immediately.”

The former CEO who had resigned in December 2022 was serving his notice when he was relinquished.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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