Eskom CEO André de Ruyter survived an attempt on his life after an assassin reportedly laced his coffee with cyanide a day after he resigned as Eskom CEO.
ESKOM CEO ANDRE DE RUYTER RESIGNED IN DECEMBER 2022
According to a report by EE Business Intelligence De Ruyter confirmed the attempt on his life, which took place on Tuesday, 13 December 2022, a day after he submitted his resignation as CEO to the Eskom chairman, Mpho Makwana, but before this became publicly known on 14 December 2022.
De Ruyter became weak, dizzy, and confused, shaking uncontrollably and vomiting copiously after drinking a cup of coffee in his office at Eskom Megawatt Park in Sunninghill. He subsequently collapsed, unable to walk.
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HE BECAME WEAK, DIZZY, AND VOMITED COPIOUSLY AFTER DRINKING HIS COFFEE
De Ruyter was rushed to his doctor’s rooms by his security detail, where his condition was diagnosed as cyanide poisoning and treated accordingly.
Tests were taken and it subsequently confirmed massively elevated levels of cyanide in his body.
TESTS CONFIRMED MASSIVELY ELEVATED LEVELS OF CYANIDE IN HIS BODY
De Ruyter reportedly told the publication that he reported the matter to SAPS [the South African Police Service] on 5 January 2023, and the case can be assumed to be under investigation.
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This comes merely two months after De Ruyter revealed that he had to hire bodyguards as he receives constant death threats ‘I’m going to come and take out your whole family’.
In October last year, he discovered a suspicious device inside his car.
LAST YEAR A ‘SOPHISTICATED BUG WAS FOUND IN DE RUYTER’S CAR
“I was in the back of my Volvo when I saw something strange on the floor underneath the driver’s seat. The device – a motherboard filled with microchips, immediately looked out of place. I assume it was stuck to the bottom of the seat and must have come loose,”
he is quoted as having said.
After finding the device, Andre De Ruyter reportedly turned to retired commissioner George Fizaz, whose company then launched its investigation to help identify it.
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Fizaz is said to have then told De Ruyter that the piece of equipment appeared to be quite sophisticated and so advanced that very few people are able to produce it.
According to Fizaz, the bug could have been used to track De Ruyter’s location and listen to conversations, along with other features.
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