Saturday, October 7, 2017

New Eskom CEO hired church friend at R100,000 a month – Report

The Sunday Times has reported that Eskom's acting CEO Sean Maritz previously received a written warning for employing his friend on a R100,000-per-month contract.

According to the report, Maritz received the warning because he did not declare that the contract was given to a friend and fellow church member.

Former Eskom CIO Virgil Humphrey Rabie wanted to take action against Maritz at the time, but was suspended before he could institute six counts of "gross Eskom policy transgressions".

On Friday, the Eskom board announced it had appointed Maritz as the interim Group Chief Executive as part of a decision to "rotate the current executives".

In June, it was announced that Johnny Dladla had been appointed to the interim Group Chief Executive role.

Dladla will now resume his role as the CEO of Eskom Rotek Industries.

The utility also announced that the process to appoint a permanent chief executive would begin in due course.

Maritz is said to have close ties to his predecessor Matshela Koko, and is alleged to have removed evidence linking Gupta companies in controversial deals with Eskom.

He denied these allegations, saying "I have not had any contact with Koko since he has been on suspension. I reject with contempt the allegations made".

Now read: Eskom's R100-million office chair "scandal"

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