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Calls for stability at Eskom

Chairperson Zola Tsotsi’s resignation follows repeated calls for him to be axed by unions.

FILE: Tsotsi stepped down from his position after making representations to the board in a marathon meeting on Monday. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There were calls for stability at Eskom on Tuesday following the overnight departure of Chairperson Zola Tsotsi, leading to an apparent leadership vacuum in the utility.

Tsotsi stepped down from his position after making representations to the board in a marathon meeting on Monday.

Earlier on Monday he maintained he had done nothing wrong and appeared confident about remaining in his position in the face of allegations that he'd interfered in operational matters.

Eskom released a statement in the early hours of Tuesday morning saying his departure was in the interest of the nation and would allow the board to focus on core challenges.

His resignation follows repeated calls for him to be axed by unions and an attempted vote of no confidence last week.

Majority union at Eskom, the National Union of Mineworkers' Frans Baleni has welcomed Tsotsi's resignation.

"The sooner we get stability the better to allow the dedicated team to focus on taking Eskom forward."

But energy expert Chris Yelland raised concerns about Eskom's leadership.

"Not only do we have an acting chairman but we also have an acting CEO and an acting financial director, so the entire senior executive of Eskom is missing."

Doctor Ben Ngubane has been appointed to replace Tsotsi as acting chairperson.