Row over Eskom CEO skin colour is misplaced attention, says analysts of De Ruyter appointment

- | 2 months ago

UNIONS and politicians criticised the appointment of Andre de Ruyter as Eskom CEO, saying bringing in a white person to manage the debt-stricken power utility represented a  blow for transformation in South Africa.

Bloomberg News cited comments by the National Union of Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the two largest unions at Eskom, who agreed De Ruyter’s appointment was “… a setback to the country’s racial-transformation agenda”. The Economic Freedom Fighters, the second-largest opposition party, said the decision was racist and a deliberate attempt to diminish the role Africans play in the economy.

However, analysts said De Ruyter ought to be judged on results, not skin colour.

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