- Eskom has appointed Advocate Ishmael Semenya who will be leading the investigations into allegations of racism
- The allegations of racism were made against Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter by a suspended employee
- Semenya will reportedly be given access to Eskom documents and employees have been asked to cooperate fully
The board at embattled power utility Eskom has announced that Advocate Ishmael Semenya will be leading the probe into allegations of racism made against CEO Andre de Ruyter. Eskom resolved to appoint an independent inquiry.
The news follows allegations made by suspended Eskom Chief Procurement Officer Solly Tshitangano. Tshitangano accused De Ruyter of replacing Black-owned companies with White-owned companies.
The board reportedly requested the help of advocate Semenya which he accepted. Semenya will be issuing written findings and recommendations as soon as possible.
According to The Citizen, Advocate Semenya has been requested to make recommendations that may be pursued by the Board if any individuals are found guilty of wrongdoing. Eskom documents will also be made available to Semenya.
A report by EWN stated that all Eskom employees have been asked to fully cooperate with the investigation.
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Julius Malema referred to De Ruyter as "useless". Malema shared an image of De Ruyter with the caption reading: "If useless was a person." Juju added an emoji of a hand pointing down to the image of De Ruyter. De Ruyter has been making headlines for a while after accusations of racism were made against him.
The Red Berets leader opened a unique discussion online following his tweet about De Ruyter. There seemed to be many in agreement with him but there was an equal number of those who were not.
De Ruyter said he supports the investigations into the allegations of racism made against him. De Ruyter spoke on Monday, 15 March about the state of the embattled power utility. The CEO added that he would not tolerate corruption.
De Ruyter stated that the probe into the allegations of racism is welcome as both sexism and racism have 'no place' at Eskom. De Ruyter also stated that there are many people who could attest to the fact that he is not racist.
The power utility's CEO spoke more on the allegations of racism by stating there was no evidence to support it.
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