Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter was responding to allegations levelled against him by former Eskom chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano who accused him of racism and of not complying with procurement and recruitment policies. The Eskom board released a statement on Wednesday detailing the findings of a report by Advocate Ishmael Semenya, which described some of the allegations as “wild,” “bizarre” and “baseless”. Tshitangano, who has since been fired for poor performance, reported the matter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, among others. De Ruyter said that he’d made a number of appointments to his exco to fill vacancies and not one of those was a white person. Andre said that to leap to the conclusion that holding someone accountable for performance now equates to a systematic purge of black executives is just not substantiated by the fact. Meanwhile, Some residents in Johannesburg South have been left in the dark for more than two days. City Power says it will be adding a satellite depot to deal with unplanned power outages.
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