SCOPA subpoenas police officer De Ruyter reported to regarding Eskom

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Parliament’s Standing Committee Public Accounts (SCOPA) on Eskom-related investigations has voted to subpoena retired police brigadier Jaap Burger to appear on the 15th of next month. Burger has yet again been ordered to appear before SCOPA.

He has refused to appear before the committee, telling Speaker of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that SCOPA does not have the authority and mandate to call him.

Burger was named by former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter as the police officer to whom he reported findings of a covert intelligence-gathering exercise at the power utility.

Burger twice refused to appear before SCOPA.

“The date set is the 15 of November for him to appear before the Committee and the correspondence was dispensed to him a short while ago indicate that. And the summons will amplify further once they’re dispensed to him. As I am saying by the end of the week, but he is expected to appear before Parliament on the 15th of November and I am begging him not to undermine Parliament and the constitution as an officer of the law in the manner which he is doing,” says SCOPA chair, Mkhuleko Hlengwa.