Abram Masango quits Eskom after being placed on suspension

Earlier on Friday, the utility announced his suspension relating to allegations around the Kusela power station.

FILE: Abram Masango. Picture: Eskom.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has now confirmed that its group head of capital Abram Masango has resigned from the utility after 20 years as a senior executive.

Earlier on Friday, the utility announced his suspension relating to allegations around the Kusela power station.

It’s not the first time Masango has been sanctioned; last year he faced a disciplinary hearing over claims that he received bribes. He was later cleared of all those charges.

Masango says his resignation comes off the back of what he calls continuous harassment, threats, and victimisation.

But Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe insists he has had a healthy working relationship with Masango and even explained to him the importance of his precautionary suspension.

“I indicated that at our disposal we had the kind of information that demanded, because of his position and responsibility, that he take a precautionary suspension. I never, ever did what he indicated. It’s not my personality to undertake such things.”

'I HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH MASANGO'

Masango says the power utility failed dismally in proving the allegations against him but continued with the claims regardless.

However, Hadebe has denied this.

“I had a good relationship with Mr Masango. In fact, I had time to talk to him from time to time.”

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He says about 1,000 employees are being investigated.

“About 27, even below, have exited and about 200 or so that have been suspended.”

Hadebe says Eskom will open cases against employees found to have broken the law.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)