Matona's lawyer denies client's performance was inadequate
Tshediso Matona’s lawyer says Eskom’s power issues are not unique to her client's term in office.
JOHANNESBURG - While the Labour Court has found that Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tshediso Matona, has some answering to do, his lawyer has reacted with shock at allegations that his client's performance has been inadequate.
Yesterday, Judge Belinda Whitcher struck from the roll Matona's application to challenge his suspension.
Earlier this month, Matona was asked to step aside together with three other top executives for the duration of an independent inquiry into Eskom.
Eskom's board told the court that he failed to come up with concrete plans to deal with the energy crisis and was inconsistent about its financial situation.
But the CEO's lawyer, Shamima Gaiby, says these issues are not unique to her client's term in office and they have never been raised before.
"Any allegation of inadequate performance were in the answering papers in the Labour Court application."
But the judge says the fact that the board did not mention these reasons does not mean they were fabricated.
"The timing of providing the reasons is not sufficient evidence to conclude that the board fabricated the reasons."
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Meanwhile, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on Friday said the dismissal of more than 1,000 workers at Eskom's Medupi Power Station was procedural and should be reversed.
The workers took part in a one-day strike over accommodation and bonuses this week.
Contractors employing the Numsa members have since dismissed those involved in the stoppage who also previously received written warnings.