ANC Wants De Ruyter to lay criminal charges over Eskom Corruption

The African National Congress (ANC) is still reeling after Eskom’s outgoing CEO, André de Ruyter, accused party members of being involved in corrupt activities at the power utility.

De Ruyter said this during an interview that was both highly praised and criticised.

Several organisations hailed De Ruyter as a hero for finally speaking up, while others lambasted him for making the accusations without proper evidence.

The ANC’s spokesperson, Mahlengi Bbhengu, says they have given De Ruyter seven days to substantiate his claims or face criminal charges for contravention of the law.

"We draw attention to the provisions of Section 34 of the Prevention and Combating Corrupt Activities Act, 2004, which make it illegal for any person in authority not to report an act or information or corruption and criminality," she said. 

Since De Ruyter's revelations, the party's senior leaders have been criticizing him for most of last week. ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula and Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele labelled him as a "failure and right-wing".