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XHANTI PAYI: Deconstructing Eskom’s ‘race card’
Tensions between Eskom CEO André de Ruyter and procurement boss Solly Tshitangano shine a light on the often fraught work environment in SA
The fallout between Eskom CEO André de Ruyter and the company’s chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano, who accused De Ruyter of racism, is an important issue to consider. Workplace environments affect company performance and, ultimately, how SA will be able to create jobs and grow the economy.
Under the headline "The Scandalising of De Ruyter and How the Race Card has become ‘the SA way’" News24 assistant editor Pieter du Toit writes how, given the evidence presented to advocate Nazeer Cassim, who oversaw Tshitangano’s disciplinary hearing, "it was clear that Tshitangano used ‘the race card’ to draw attention away from his own failings, and that he sought to discredit De Ruyter in front of parliament, the president, and the minister. And Cassim says plucking out ‘the race card’ is becoming the new norm."..