JOHANNESBURG – Eskom CEO, André de Ruyter, says it will take more time to turn around years of mismanagement and corruption at the embattled power utility.
De Ruyter also says that he’ll happily resign but only if the utility’s board asks him to.
He’s also calling for more collaboration with law enforcement to put an end to the vandalism of power stations.
De Ruyter said, “don’t expect me to turn this ship around that’s been mismanaged for the past 15 years longer than that when we’ve had load shedding… for the past 15 years, an organisation that’s been hollowed out by corruption.”
“To fight against corruption with one hand tied behind my back because we don’t get the support from both law enforcement and prosecuting authorities…”
“I would be the first guy to say I’ll merrily step back if I feel I’m not making a dent in it or if there is someone else who can do a better job but that person hasn’t stepped forward.”
“There are many armchair critics who style themselves as energy experts but, with respect, I don’t think they have the full appreciation of the challenge the job entails.”
“If the board thinks I’m no longer doing a good job then it’s up to them to fire me and I’m more than happy to go. I’m definitely not in the job for the money.”