- Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has cracked down at the embattled state-owned entity
- The newly appointed leader has extended lifestyle audits to lower-level staff in an attempt to root out graft
- This forms part of the plans to get the power utility back on track after years of mismanagement
Andre de Ruyter is on a mission to root out the corrupt employees hiding in the ranks of Eskom's workers.
News24 reported that the newly appointed CEO had extended lifestyle audits to include staff on the lower levels at the SOE.
This motion was announced during an employee engagement meeting after top Eskom staff and their families were subjected to probes prompting a slew of disciplinary action.
Many staff files were subsequently referred to the Special Investigating Unit, with spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha saying the audits were a continuation of the clean-up process at Eskom.
De Ruyter had revealed Eskom's leadership had become scared to make any calls, insisting that accountable leadership needed to make a comeback.
Staff was encouraged to improve customer service and the CEO warned against dealing with finances in a 'relaxed' way after years of wastage.
The CEO highlighted the need to cut back on a bloated workforce but somehow aiming to avoid retrenchments in a difficult economic climate.
But the main priority for the utility was bringing its fleet back to standard. The goal is to do this in a 'preventative, reliable and scheduled' manner.
The return of Stage 3 load-shedding had many citizens up in arms over the weekend, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Briefly.co.za reported that De Ruyter had committed to load-shedding being an unavoidable part of the renewal process for the next two years.
This sentiment was echoed by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his recent State of the Nation Address.
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