Members of the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa have called on De Ruyter to back up his allegations, made in a television interview, with evidence.
It is understood that four syndicates operating in Mpumalanga, where most of the country’s coal-powered stations are, have been subject to an investigation.
Besides De Ruyter’s allegations, a private investigation firm has also uncovered some of the nefarious undertakings allegedly taking place at Eskom.
De Ruyter dropped a bombshell when he said that senior government officials were working with these cartels.
From the report, it appears that De Ruyter briefed Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Ramaphosa’s national security advisor, Sydney Mufamadi, on two occasions.
De Ruyter reportedly told them about the corruption at Eskom and the people behind it.
But presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said Mufamadi denied ever being told about these individuals or their names.
Magwenya said no one gave Ramaphosa the name of a politician or syndicate leader involved in the alleged corruption.
It is also understood that Mufamadi helped De Ruyter set up a meeting with Masemola, which led to the investigation.
This week, Ramaphosa broke his silence over De Ruyter’s TV interview and the allegations he made.
“Those are the types of institutions that he should have trusted, as I do. I have a great deal of faith and trust in those institutions and once the complaint is lodged with those, they are the ones that have the full capability and the muscle and the wherewithal to investigate.
“I call on him to come forward.
“At times when we just impart information to an individual, they do not have the wherewithal, power or muscle to investigate. So in his case it’s a missed opportunity and I also call on him to come forward to those institutions and report whatever he knows so that the investigative process can commence,” Ramaphosa said.