An irate André de Ruyter, Eskom's chief executive, personally helped identify more than R3 million in overpayments made to suppliers for knee guards – and, in less than two weeks, the company recovered more than R1 million.
In one instance, a former employee paid back almost R1.2 million within hours after being fingered by De Ruyter and Eskom. News24 understands the money was repaid in two tranches late in the night of 4 August 2021 and in the early hours of the following morning.
De Ruyter apparently asked that Eskom act against suppliers found to have overcharged the power utility last year – the same year the overpayments were made – but personally intervened when little progress was made. The investigation was conducted by Eskom's internal forensic department.