Ex-Eskom CEO Accused of Hiding Corruption: Cele’s Claims

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  1. Police Minister Bheki Cele claims former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter did not inform the Hawks or Eskom detectives about the corruption allegations he made to the media.
  2. De Ruyter had previously briefed national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola about corruption within the power utility, implicating two Eskom ministers.
  3. Despite Cele’s claims, the Hawks have made 21 high-profile arrests related to corruption at Eskom, indicating ongoing efforts to address the issue.

South Africa’s Police Minister Bheki Cele has claimed that former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter did not inform either the Hawks or the detectives at Eskom about the corruption allegations he made to the media. Cele discussed the matter during an appearance on the show Truth to Power with JJ Tabane.

According to Cele, he has been in communication with relevant law enforcement officials at Eskom, and they were not aware of the accusations De Ruyter made to the media. He explained that there are two law enforcement structures within Eskom – ordinary detectives and the Hawks – which handle different types of offenses. The Hawks are responsible for investigating more serious offenses.

Cele stated that he has spoken to representatives from both authorities, and neither group was aware of the allegations made by De Ruyter. “I have asked all those people – not a single one had that information,” he said.

In March, News24 reported that De Ruyter had briefed the highest-ranking police officer in South Africa, national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola, about corruption at the power utility. The briefing included information about coal syndicates in Mpumalanga and the involvement of two Eskom ministers who De Ruyter claimed were implicated in corruption at Eskom.

Following the briefing, Masemola acted on the information and assigned a senior police official to investigate the matter. De Ruyter has since agreed to appear before the South African Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts and present a written submission on the corruption allegations he made.

Despite Cele’s claims, the Hawks have reportedly made 21 high-profile arrests related to corruption within the power utility. He mentioned that four individuals had been released on bail, with one bail set at R300,000, indicating the serious nature of the offense. One of these individuals was arrested for allegedly stealing R745 million from Eskom.

Although Cele praised the authorities for their efforts to combat corruption, De Ruyter’s revelations during an interview on My Guest Tonight with Annika Larson suggest that corruption remains widespread within Eskom, and not enough is being done to address the issue.

WIlliam Dube

William Dube is a finance and economic news expert with over 10 years of experience in economic anaylsis, financial product assessment and market analysis. With a numerous certificates from prestigious universities including but not limited to Yale University and the University of Pennyslivenia. William specializes in providing insightful news developments in South Africa and commentary on investment strategies, risk management, and global economic trends. You can contact him on

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