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NUM calls for Eskom chair to step down

NUM on Monday called on Eskom chair Zola Tsotsi to do what it said was “the right thing” and step down.

FILE: Eskom's chairperson Zola Tsotsi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOAHNNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called on Eskom chair Zola Tsotsi to do what it said was "the right thing" and step down.

The NUM has objected to his appointment to the utility's board from the beginning and has urged Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to take action against him if he refuses to step aside.

Two weeks ago the electricity giant announced the suspensions of four of its senior executives pending an investigation into problems at the parastatal.

The union's Frans Baleni said now was not the time to play games.

"For us it is not about what the board says. We have said from the beginning after the announcement that he had been reappointed that that was a wrong appointment. How can a non-executive chairperson commit to a supplier that Eskom will pay a supplier when he does not have such executive authority?"

Baleni said it wasn't negotiable and that Tsotsi had to step down.

"It is very clear there is unethical conduct from the chairperson or he clearly does not understand good governance where he can actually operate as an executive chairperson, committing Eskom to certain liabilities."

Both Eskom and Brown are refusing at this stage to confirm or deny whether Tsotsi is faced with removal.

Amid ongoing concerns about the state of Eskom, Brown's office said she didn't want to speak out about what was happening at the utility at this stage.

Tsotsi's office was approached for comment but his staff said he wouldn't be discussing these matters with the media.

Meanwhile, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said it was more concerned about the impact the instability at the top of Eskom was having on its ability to produce power.

The group said it's received no proper response to its proposals to help save electricity, including introducing changes to the hours that firms were open.

Sacci's acting CEO Peggy Drodskie said, "At the moment we are looking at another way of getting across what we need to be doing as a country."

Just last week ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Eskom to junk status, placing it at BB-plus following management suspensions.

The ratings agency said the negative outlook reflected that Eskom's operating performance has not yet stabilised due to rising costs.

It also said it was of the opinion that the material execution risk remained associated with government's support plan.

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