Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says it’s time voters use their power at ballot boxes to vote out non-performing municipal councilors.

In a recent conversation with the Center for Risk Analysis, De Ruyter said many councilors are only in office to serve their own selfish means and do not use their privileges to better the lives of residents.

He says many municipalities misappropriate funds leading to an overall decay in electricity infrastructure.

De Ruyter says municipalities owe Eskom an estimated R47-billion in unpaid rates, which if fully collected, and properly used, could significantly boost electricity supply and security.

He says there needs to be a more significant commitment from the SAPS to fight the theft and vandalism of critical electricity infrastructure.

De Ruyter said there are too many instances where suspects are arrested but then soon afterward get released on bail.

He says allowing the suspects to be back on the streets allows them to continue with their criminal activities unabated.

De Ruyter says the fact that some police officers sympathize with criminals makes the fight against corruption a losing battle.

Watch the full interview here.

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