Cape Town – Former president Jacob Zuma has called on former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter to name the ANC politicians whom he had claimed were involved in corruption at the power utility.
De Ruyter alleged during a television interview that high-ranking government officials were involved in the corruption at Eskom.
He was asked if Eskom was a feeding trough for the ANC, and he said that it was.
“I would say the evidence suggests that it is. I expressed my concern to a senior government minister about attempts, in my view, to water down governance around the 8.5 billion USD that, by in large through Eskom’s intervention, we got at COP26.
“And the response was essentially, ‘you have to be pragmatic. In order to pursue the greater good, you have to enable some people to eat a little bit’,” De Ruyter said.
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According to the SABC, Zuma was addressing the anniversary celebrations of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Tuesday, when he called on De Ruyter to name those responsible for Eskom’s current state.
“I would like to know who are these people who benefited from Eskom. I was once accused of stealing money from the government but up to date, nobody has ever found me to have stolen even a billion rand. Those whom De Ruyter said benefited should be known so that we as Sanco members bring them to the fore so that we question their deeds. I am encouraging Sanco members to fight for their rights, don’t be afraid,” Zuma said
It was his first public address since being elected Sanco KZN chairperson in January.
He also said that the ANC could be in trouble ahead of the general elections next year.
“I meet people who tell me straight to the face that they will not vote for the ANC next year, with reasons as to why but we are all keeping quiet.
“Even before the ANC conference last year, I warned people but they never listened,” Eye Witness News quoted Zuma as saying.
Zuma was ANC president from 2007 until 2017.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu