Eskom’s new CEO Sean Maritz has close ties to Matshela Koko

The power utility released a statement today announcing that it is replacing Johnny Dladla with Sean Maritz as acting CEO.

Sean Maritz. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands that Eskom’s new acting CEO Sean Maritz used to report to suspended executive Matshela Koko and his sudden appointment may be linked to the scandal that's rocked the power utility in the past few months.

Eskom released a statement today announcing that it is replacing Johnny Dladla with Maritz, saying the board has decided to rotate current executives “to ensure exposure”.

The announcement comes just 48 hours after Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown called for a permanent CEO and board in place by next month.

Several senior executives at Eskom have been suspended or are facing suspension for their role in the Trillian scandal.

Dladla was apparently present at some of the meetings when the controversial McKinsey and Trillian contract was discussed.

It's understood he was pushed by the acting chair Zethembe Khoza to issue a suspension notice to Eskom’s legal head.

Suzanne Daniels, meanwhile, has confirmed that she is facing suspension for, among other things, taking her staff on a team-building exercise.

But it's Daniels’s report on the multi-million rand payments that have exposed Eskom’s executives, including Koko who signed off on the first McKinsey contract.

Koko has been suspended after awarding a tender to a company his stepdaughter was involved in and has been caught out lying about a pre-payment made to Gupta-linked Tegeta.

Maritz is now the acting CEO.

Eyewitness News understands that Maritz not only reported to Koko but is also close to him.

Maritz says he cannot take questions today about his new appointment as “there's a lot that requires his attention”.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)