Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounting (Scopa) has given Eskom 90 days to complete an investigation into allegations of racism and abuse of power against CEO Andre de Ruyter.
The financial oversight body then requires the Escom Board to report the findings to the Commission.
Escom Early this month He said he had appointed advocate Ishmael Semenya to lead the investigation, adding that Semenya would be given “space to carry out the investigation unimpeded.”
On Wednesday, Scopa decided to discontinue its own investigation into improper allegations against De Ruyter and allegations of fraud related to procurement and contract management at state-owned enterprises.
Request from the Minister
Scopa Chairman Mkhuleko Hlengwa said Eskom has launched a similar investigation and that Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprise, has sent a letter to the Commission to suspend the investigation into the utility.
The Commission agreed to suspend the investigation into Eskom and De Ruyter to avoid duplication of efforts, but members of the Commission investigated De Ruyter shortly after Scopa announced that it would begin investigating the CEO. Blame Eskom for starting.
“I hope this isn’t malicious compliance by Eskom, it’s not similar to the COO’s investigation, where the work was done thoroughly and took 11 days to reach less than hopeful conclusions,” Helenwa said. ..
The investigation follows the accusation that Solly Tshitangano, Eskom’s CPO, led De Ruyter’s fraudulent activities related to Eskom’s recruitment, performance management, procurement, and governance processes. ..
Letter to Scopa in Tutangano In addition, Escom’s board of directors claims to have noticed that it was inappropriate by De Ruyter as far back as February last year.
Scopa also planned to investigate applications submitted to the Treasury by Eskom to allow deviations from the standard procurement process in the first two quarters of 2020.
Deviations, mostly due to renegotiation of coal supply, have resulted in troubled utilities losing R2 20 billion in revenue.
The Commission has decided to wait for the results of Escom’s investigation before deciding whether to initiate its own investigation into these allegations.
Hlengwa accused Eskom of “jumping over the gun” by anticipating Scopa’s investigation and launching its own investigation. He said Escom had been aware of the leveled allegations against the CEO for 14 months, but did not begin investigating “problems that need attention.”
“It is completely unacceptable for government departments and organizations to tackle the problem.”
He added that as one of the country’s key state-owned enterprises, it is not desirable for Escom’s CEO and CPO to fight, which will have a significant impact on the operation of the enterprise.
“The bottom line is that everything isn’t working at this point, and the question is huge,” he said.
“Rolling blackouts have occurred since 2008, but Medupi and Kusile are not yet complete, there are problems with coal supply and contract management. Instead of improving the situation, the situation continues to worsen. I will. ”
Scopa gives Eskom 90 days to complete the inquiry to the CEO
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