Andre de ruyter, book, eskom

All the details on former Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter’s new book.
Images via Penguin Random House

Hero or opportunist? Mixed views on Andre de Ruyter tell-all book

Here is the first look at former Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter’s bombshell book, including where to buy it and what the public have to say…

Andre de ruyter, book, eskom

All the details on former Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter’s new book.
Images via Penguin Random House

After spilling the tea in an explosive interview about the inside happenings of Eskom, former CEO Andre de Ruyter has taken it a step further – with a bombshell book.

The ousted energy head has penned his memoir called Truth to Power: My Three Years Inside Eskom. In it, he details the widespread corruption and maladministration of the utility giant.

According to City Press, the tell-all had a secret launch because the publishers “were afraid that someone would try to prevent its distribution.”

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Andre De Ruyter’s recently published book is available to purchase in major bookstores like Exclusive Books, Loot, Takealot, Wordsworth Books, and Graffiti Books.

According to publisher Penguin Random House, an extract of the memoir reads: 

“When André de Ruyter took over as Eskom CEO in January 2020, he quickly realised why it was considered the toughest job in South Africa.

“Aside from neglected equipment, ageing power stations, and an eroded skills base, he discovered that Eskom was crippled by corruption on a staggering scale. Fake fuel oil deliveries at just one power station cost Eskom R100 million per month; kneepads retailing for R150 a pair were purchased for R80 000; billions of rands of equipment supposedly housed in the company’s storerooms were missing.

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Andre de Ruyter was released from his post as Eskom CEO ‘with immediate effect’. This, after an interview aired on ‘My Guest Tonight with Annika Larsen’ on Tuesday 22 February. Image via Twitter @AnnikaLarsen1

Faced with police inaction, he was compelled to plunge into a world that was foreign to him – a world of spies and safe houses, of bulletproof vests and bodyguards. In Truth to Power, Andre De Ruyter tells the behind-the-scenes story of how he launched a private investigation that exposed at least four criminal cartels feeding off Eskom.

While fighting this scourge, he had to deal with political interference, absurd regulations, non-paying municipalities, unfounded accusations of racism, wildcat strikes, sabotage, and a poisoning attempt.

De Ruyter takes the reader inside the boardrooms and government meetings where South Africa’s future is shaped, with ministers often pulling in conflicting directions. He explains how renewable energy is the cheapest and quickest solution to our power crisis, in spite of fierce opposition from vested coal interests.

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De Ruyter candidly reflects on his three years at the power utility, his successes and failures, his reasons for leaving, and his hopes for the future. As someone who worked at the highest levels of the state but is not beholden to the ruling party, he is uniquely placed to speak truth to power.


News o Andre De Ruyter’s book has been met with mixed reviews from the public.

Activist Ian Cameron called the former Eskom head a hero.

He tweeted: “The only one in Eskom with the guts and integrity to speak out. For more than 20 years, Eskom was looted bare, and no-one stepped up, but this man did.”

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Radio and TV personality Anele Mdoda was not so forgiving. She tweeted: “The publisher that convinced Andre De Ruyter to write a book ain’t shit. I’m so bored. For someone who didn’t have anything to say to parliament. He sure has a lot to say if he has a book.”

And presenter and poet Ntsiki Mazwai called De Ruyter an “opportunist.”

Here’s what other Twitter users had to say: