Eskom board on the Scopa carpet about extensive corruption

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Parliament’s public accounts committee to raise allegations by former CEO André de Ruyter

Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter appears virtually before parliament's standing committee on public accounts. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER/REUTERS

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, invited to answer questions about micromanagement and the identity of a senior politician allegedly involved in corruption, will also not be present as heto try to fast-track the delivery of locomotives and spare parts by the state-owned CRRC e-Loco to Transnet. Nondelivery has been a severe constraint on Transnet’s operations.

He also said the new board was an engaged, activist board that got involved in operational matters which some may describe as a form of “overreach” for a non-executive board. He experienced meetings with subordinates without his knowledge as disempowering, which made his life difficult and played a role in his decision to leave Eskom.

He has also likened De Ruyter to a “policeman” focused on “chasing criminals” without a grasp of the power utility’s challenges. He should, the minister said, be replaced with someone who has the technical capabilities to turn Eskom around. Speaking to Business Day in February, one day after it was announced by the board that De Ruyter would vacate his post at Eskom more than a month ahead of schedule, Makwana said he thought De Ruyter was out of touch with certain areas of the business.

 

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