As chilling details emerge of how far the energy “procurement mafia” will go to ensure their looting isn’t derailed, the spotlight has quickly swivelled onto a government and Eskom board that seem clueless about how to handle it.

Five months ago, Eskom CEO André de Ruyter was given the heave-ho by chair Mpho Makwana and public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan after a tell-all interview with eNCA, in which he described unchecked corruption and how the utility had become a “feeding trough” for the governing party...

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