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Suzanne Daniels fired by Eskom

Eskom fires suspended head of the legal department, in a jiffy

Suspended Eskom head of legal and compliance department Suzanne Daniels has been summarily dismissed.

In a statement on Friday, the electricity giant announced the company fired Daniels following an independent disciplinary hearing chaired by Advocate Nazir Cassim SC.

Eskom placed Daniels on suspension with full pay by the new board and management on March 16, 2018, following serious allegations made against her.

The new board felt they had to ventilate the matter through the disciplinary process before an independent and impartial chairperson.

They  hauled Daniels before the disciplinary hearing chaired by Advocate Cassim SC, facing four charges of misconduct:

  • Distribution of confidential Eskom proprietary interest to a third party;
  • Her involvement in the McKinsey and Trillian transactions;
  • Her involvement in the Tegeta transaction.
  • Mandating a firm of attorneys and approving payment to the firm of attorneys for legal services rendered to former SABC board chairperson in the Public Broadcaster’s Parliamentary Inquiry, which had nothing to do with Eskom.

The hearing began on May 14 and it was completed on July 6 with Eskom and Daniels submitting their written submissions on Friday, July 13.

Eskom said Advocate Cassim SC found that Daniels had committed serious misconduct and also breached her duty of good faith, trust and confidence to her employer and therefore recommended she is summarily fired.

“Eskom has considered the recommendation of Advocate Cassim SC and we accepted it, and they have already sent a letter to us confirming the sanction of Daniels’ summary dismissal,” said Eskom.

The electricity giant said the ruling of Advocate Cassim SC encourages the board and management and we are resolute about restoring good governance and ethical conduct at Eskom.



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