New Eskom interim CEO wants space to focus on duties

Acting CEO Johnny Dladla was replaced by Maritz last week. He is a former information officer who apparently reported to suspended executive Matshela Koko.

Sean Maritz. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom’s new interim CEO Sean Maritz has asked for space and time to focus on his duties as mandated by the utility’s board.

Acting CEO Johnny Dladla was replaced by Maritz last week. He is a former information officer who apparently reported to suspended executive Matshela Koko.

Maritz says Eskom’s executive management remains focused on issues including increasing demand for electricity.

The power utility says its noted statements made by consultancy firm McKinsey & Company regarding paying back fees paid to the company last year, saying that its lawyers are handling the matter.

SCANDALS AND SUSPENSIONS

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.

Additional reporting by Gia Nicolaides.