Eskom CEO, Andre De Ruyter, leaves with immediate efffect
The outgoing Eskom CEO, Andre De Ruyter, who was meant to leave the company next month, has left with immediate effect.
De Ruyter, who took over as CEO in 2020, resigned in December 2022, but was due to vacate office at the end of March 2023, to give Eskom time to find a successor.
In a statement on Wednesday evening, the embattled parastatal said Andrè de Ruyter contract was reduced to 28 February 2023.
‘’The board further resolved that Mr de Ruyter will not be required to serve the balance of his notice period but that he will be released from his position with immediate effect,’’ it said.
‘’Acting GCE arrangements are being finalized with the shareholder Minister and will be communicated shortly,’’ it added.
The shock announcement came just hours after De Ruyter gave an interview with news channel, eNCA, where he expressed doubts about the political will in government to end endemic graft at the power utility.
De Ruyter has said he suffered an attempted poisoning attempt in December, shortly after he tendered his resignation.
Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster and the appointment of an electricity minister to try intensify the response to the crisis.
Done by: Mitchum George