...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has announced its intention to summon former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter for another appearance to address questions regarding his claims of corruption within the troubled power utility.
Additionally, SCOPA Chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa stated that BUSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso would also be called to provide information, as it appears she may have knowledge of the private investigation initiated by de Ruyter during his tenure.
De Ruyter recently published a book about his three years at Eskom, which will serve as a valuable resource for MPs to formulate inquiries.
In his book, he disclosed that BUSA had assisted in financing the private investigation conducted by George Fivaz Forensic and Risk.
Furthermore, SCOPA aims to invite Hawks investigator Brigadier Jap Burger, who allegedly served as an intermediary between the private investigators and the police under the appointment of police commissioner Fannie Masemola.
SCOPA Chairperson Hlengwa requested that committee members provide a final list of individuals of interest related to the matter.
Dr Sydney Mufamadi, the national security advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa, is scheduled to appear before the Committee on Friday.
De Ruyter reiterated his allegations, initially disclosed in a high-profile television interview, in his book.
He claimed to have informed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan that intelligence indicated the involvement of a senior ANC politician in corruption at Eskom.
According to de Ruyter, Gordhan then consulted Mufamadi and commented that he believed the truth would inevitably be revealed.
During his appearance before SCOPA, Gordhan, like de Ruyter, declined to name the politician in question and stated that he could not recall making the comment to Mufamadi.
The ANC is pursuing a defamation lawsuit against de Ruyter for the allegations made in the interview.