Eskom to Initiate Probe into Allegations of Racism Made Against CEO

Eskom to Initiate Probe into Allegations of Racism Made Against CEO

- Eskom's board of directors will be initiating an investigation into CEO André de Ruyter

- Eskom released a statement saying that the probe will be headed by an independent senior council

- The investigation is due to allegations of racism made against the CEO, reportedly by suspended Chief Procurement Officer Solly Tshitangano

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Eskom's board of directors have given the green light for an investigation to be launched into Group Chief Executive André de Ruyter. Reports say there have been allegations of racism made against De Ruyter.

Through a statement, Eskom revealed that the board would be appointing an independent senior counsel to conduct the investigation into De Ruyter. De Ruyter has been accused of trying to get rid of black suppliers to introduce white suppliers.

Suspended Eskom Chief Procurement Officer Solly Tshitangano had made a array of allegations against him.

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Eskom to investigate racism allegations against CEO Andre
Eskom will be initiating a probe into CEO Andre de Ruyter on allegations of racism. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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A report by eNCA revealed that Tshitangano was suspended due to 'poor performance'.

Take a look at the tweet by Eskom below:

Briefly.co.za compiled a few of the responses left under Eskom's statement. Read some of them below:

@Raphaell_Ranx wrote in response:

"Ever since this new CEO there is a project called load reduction which only targets black people's areas cos apparently all black people are illegally connected, this is a racist project, I hope this so called 'investigation' is not an exercise to sweep matters under the carpet."

@Queqiniso said:

"And the other issue is that black suppliers to Eskom are side-lined, now all the efforts of radical transformation have become a wasted effort."

@Kamogel88973012 tweeted:

"Nonsense. These allegations are just political efforts to remove the CEO so they can put in their own people to loot from Eskom and get tenders."

In other news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that Durban descended into chaos after foreign nationals were assaulted in the streets. Three street vendors' goods were looted and torched with two men needing to be hospitalised with life-threatening injuries.

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It is unclear what sparked the unrest but a group of men attacked street vendors. The police have not made any arrests at this time.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said that the police had deployed unites to stabilise the area and keep the situation under control.

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Source: Briefly News

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