Former Eskom Group CEO Andre De Ruyter has accepted a new position in the United States. According to reports, De Ruyter will begin working as a visiting senior fellow at Yale University at the end of August.
De Ruyter is expected to take classes on issues such as renewable energy and the green economy.
The former Eskom CEO resigned at the end of February after making devastating charges against senior unnamed politicians allegedly implicated in Eskom’s wrongdoing. In a few days, he was removed from his duties during a special board meeting.
In an interview with eTV, De Ruyter stated that there is pervasive corruption that is being organized by top officials from the ruling party who are interfering with the struggling power service.
De Ruyter made alarming claims, claiming that unnamed members of the governing party and government at the highest levels were aware of the wrongdoing at Eskom and that the utility acts as the ANC’s “feeding trough.”
In June, the board informed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that it had not received the intelligence report commissioned by de Ruyter.
Eskom board members informed Scopa that they were unaware of an intelligence report regarding criminal activity at the power plants.
De Ruyter also wrote a book, Truth to Power: My Three Years Inside Eskom, which Eskom board chairwoman Mpho Makwana condemned as a breach of trust.
Makwana stated at the time that Eskom would take action against him.
De Ruyter fled SA in February, claiming safety concerns for himself and his family.