André de Ruyter is no longer the villain


André de Ruyter is no longer the villain

If there is one thing that South Africans have learned this week from the absurd circus over Eskom in parliament, it is that the ANC government, the police, the Hawks and the new Eskom board are acting like the proverbial three monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. The only ones who have shown any integrity so far are André de Ruyter and the former Eskom board chairman, Malegapuru Makgoba, writes MAX DU PREEZ (by the light of a rechargeable lamp during stage 6 load shedding).

The former CEO of Eskom, André de Ruyter, his political boss, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, and the former Eskom board were dismayed that rampant corruption and criminal activities were undermining Eskom from within, but the police and the Hawks were extremely slow to act.

De Ruyter approached business leaders more than two years ago to finance a private investigation and assigned former police commissioner George Fivaz to oversee it.

Journalists and energy experts have known about this investigation for over a year but the new board appointed last October, as well as the Hawks, the police and politicians, claim to have been completely unaware of it...

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