PARLIAMENT’S Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has agreed to stop its inquiry into allegations levelled against Eskom CEO Andrew de Ruyter by suspended chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano in order to allow the power utility to conduct its own probe.
SCOPA chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has written a letter to the committee requesting it suspends its probe.
Hlengwa said there was no reason to conduct a parallel investigation while Eskom is expected to conducts its own.
Hlengwa said the issue should have been tackled some 14 months ago when Tshitangano made the allegations.
Members of the committee agreed that Eskom is facing large-scale problems and should not be distracted by the racism probe.
Earlier this year, Eskom said it suspended Tshitangano because of his failure to turn around the company’s procurement division.
He was tasked with saving Eskom 4% of its annual spend of R140-billion on goods and services, but has been unable to do so.
Tshitangano hit back and accused De Ruyter and legal head Nerina Otto of undermining his authority.
He also accused senior white colleagues of “using the colour of their skin to undermine his authority”.
- Staff Reporter