Eskom CEO says procurement boss suspension is about competence, not race

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Eskom CEO says procurement boss suspension is about competence, not race

Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has hit back at accusations of racism and abuse by suspended Eskom chief procurement officer (CPO) Solly Tshitangano, labelling them as “spurious” and “defamatory”.

These comments were contained in a 53-page affidavit submitted by De Ruyter to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), which was provided to MyBroadband.

This was in responding to a decision by Scopa to investigate the claims made by Tshitangano following his suspension due to alleged under-performance.
 

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Selecting people for competence is the very definition of racism for progressives. After all, that is the explicit intention behind affirmative action, which seeks to diminish the standing of competence because competence yields "unequal" results.
Yet competence forms an important part of human drive. Putting people into positions they aren’t competent at isn’t good for the individual’s well being.
 

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Selecting people for competence is the very definition of racism for progressives. After all, that is the explicit intention behind affirmative action, which seeks to diminish the standing of competence because competence yields "unequal" results.
Aside from ideological reasoning, in this country it also has roots in incompetence, apathy and general laziness with regards to the effort it would require to create actual competence, i.e. equality of opportunity.
 

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That guy should be blacklisted (oh no) from any management position anywhere in South Africa ever again.

Using the race card as a defence against maladministration is unforgivable and shows a distinct lack of ethics.

Beyond that, he should be presented with a bill for the entire cost of the investigation both internally from Eskom and from SCOPA as well.

We need to have consequences for these damn spurious racist claims.
 

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That guy should be blacklisted (oh no) from any management position anywhere in South Africa ever again.

Using the race card as a defence against maladministration is unforgivable and shows a distinct lack of ethics.

Hey Boet, you blame him for trying to hang onto a way over paid job.
 

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It's the norm these days to cry racism when you are incompetent and corrupt. I don't take anyone serious anymore crying about racism. If you feel inferior, it's on YOU.
In very few cases it is about actually feeling inferior. It's more often than not just a tactic.

Just before lockdown we'd had a huge cleanup of local beaches after New Year. The day after I took a drive past the beachfront and came across a guy chucking his whole family's takeaway out of car not even 50m from a bin. I stopped and, more politely than I would with a person of my own race, explained to him that the beach had just been cleaned and that there are ample bins around.

He instantly lost his sh*t, didn't even try justify his actions and called me a racist. The fact that someone in Solly's position (and many like him) appears to be wired with the same sort of mentality as a random litterbug is truly disgusting.
 

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In very few cases it is about actually feeling inferior. It's more often than not just a tactic.

Just before lockdown we'd had a huge cleanup of local beaches after New Year. The day after I took a drive past the beachfront and came across a guy chucking his whole family's takeaway out of car not even 50m from a bin. I stopped and, more politely than I would with a person of my own race, explained to him that the beach had just been cleaned and that there are ample bins around.

He instantly lost his sh*t, didn't even try justify his actions and called me a racist. The fact that someone in Solly's position (and many like him) appears to be wired with the same sort of mentality as a random litterbug is truly disgusting.

Yup, have had that experience... partly why I just totally don't even engage in those sorts of things anymore. Its just not worth having the racist shyte thrown at you for just asking someone to be respectful of the public spaces they're using along with everyone else.

And as you say, you don't actually ask someone of your own race nicely, you generally are pretty damned blunt about it when they're being disrespectful of the public spaces.
 
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