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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.
Alet Pretorius/News24

A sophisticated bugging device was found in the car of Eskom chief executive officer André de Ruyter last week, just as a major shift in political pressure put his continued tenure at risk.  

News24 learnt this week that De Ruyter discovered the device, a small microchip which has an antennae and batteries, in his car, and approached two experts in the intelligence and forensic community with photographs of the device, which is a little bigger than a postage stamp.

Both experts confirmed the device had low-frequency transmission capacity, with location, and potentially audio, recording capability. One of the experts pointed out that some identifying marks on the chip had been etched off in an apparent attempt to stymie identification of the manufacturer.

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