EDITORIAL: Eskom is dirty as hell, even without the Fivaz report

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The noise around the De Ruyter dossier deflects attention from the real issue: the scant availability of any real blueprint for how to keep the lights on

Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter appears before parliament’s standing committee on public accounts in Cape Town, April 26 2023. Picture: REUTERS/Esa Alexander

For example, De Ruyter confirmed that among the people he briefed about the corruption and sabotage at Eskom — sensationally, he included claims of the involvement of two cabinet ministers — were public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s security adviser, Sydney Mufamadi.

First, on the morning of De Ruyter’s Scopa appearance, a News24 report emerged, detailing how the intelligence dossier which provided the former CEO with information on corruption at Eskom, commissioned from George Fivaz Forensic & Risk, was compiled by an apartheid-era spook and child killer with a penchant for dropping racial expletives.

But our political class is easily distracted, so it was no surprise that it leapt on the De Ruyter report to deflect attention from the real issue: the scant availability of any real blueprint for how to keep the lights on and the economy running. A few weeks ago, former president Thabo Mbeki chastised the ANC for failing to convene a parliamentary committee to probe the corruption at Eskom.

 

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