The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on Eskom to reinstate former acting CEO Jonny Dladla to his position.
The Eskom Board announced on Friday it has removed Dladla and appointed Sean Maritz as the interim Group Chief Executive to ensure exposure.
Eskom said the decision to rotate the interim Chief Executive position was taken with the approval of the shareholder to, inter alia, give exposure to another member of the executive team without compromising organisational stability.
NUM’s Energy Sector Coordinator Paris Mashego said in a statement, the rotation system announced by Eskom chairperson Zithembe Khoza was nothing but a fluke aimed at deactivating controls and systems from detecting corruption at Eskom.
“Khoza must stop destabilizing Eskom and reinstate Dladla as an acting group CEO with all executive powers until a permanent CEO was appointed,” said Mashego.
Mashego said NUM was reliably being informed that Dladla was removed after he declared on a public platform that he was going to recoup money unlawfully paid to McKinsey and Trillian totaling R1 billion and R564 million respectively.
“The sins of the current executive committee team and acting group CEO Jonny Dladla was to declare the McKinsey contract unlawful, invalid and void. The NUM support EXCO on its decision to recover funds unlawfully paid to McKinsey and Trillian,” said Mashego.
Mashego said the executive committee working with the board must jointly pursue the recovery of funds from McKinsey and Trillian with immediate effect, adding that Public Enterprise Lynne Brown must intervene immediately, her silence on this matter is too loud.
Mashego said The NUM will convene a National Shop Steward council to decide the shape and form of an industrial action, as our response to corruption and the apartheid wage gap.