- André de Ruyter has been handed the monumental task of leading embattled state-owned entity Eskom
- Both the EFF and NUMSA have come out in firm opposition to his appointment
- The union has slammed the CEO's rise to the position as a setback to transformation in South Africa
The ink has barely dried on André de Ruyter's contract for his new post as the CEO of Eskom and detractors have already voiced their dismay.
Briefly.co.za reported that some eyebrows had been raised over the Nampak CEO's links to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, who had served as a chairman at a point and even owned shares in the company.
While the ANC has naturally welcomed the move at a time when Eskom is facing both operational and financial collapse, some have been less than accommodating.
The South African reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa had slammed the appointment as a setback to the 'transformation agenda':
"This is an insult to blacks and Africans in this country, that – to date – in this country since the democratic breakthrough, we do not have competent black women and black Africans who can occupy such a position.”
The Economic Freedom Fighters have voiced similar sentiments in a statement on the appointment, agreeing with the union:
"The EFF rejects the anti-transformation and racist appointment of Eskom's new CEO, André de Ruyter, and we are disgusted by the continued obliteration of Africans in key state-owned enterprises."
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