…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
As Eskom continues to grapple with power supply challenges, the power utility finds itself simultaneously embarking on the search for a new Group CEO.
Following Andre De Ruyter’s resignation in February, Eskom announced Calib Cassim as the Interim Group Chief Executive Officer.
De Ruyter’s Revelations on Corruption and His Departure
De Ruyter, who departed from Eskom, has been outspoken about the reasons behind his resignation, shedding light on the rampant corruption that has plagued the utility.
In May 2023, he published his book, “Truth to Power,” where he delves into explosive allegations that he initially raised during an interview with eNCA.
Former Executives Tshediso Matona and Dan Marokane in the Running for CEO Position
While Cassim assumes the interim role, there are reports from Sunday World suggesting that two former Eskom executives are being considered as potential candidates for the CEO position.
Tshediso Matona, a former CEO, and Dan Marokane, a former group executive for capital, are reportedly vying for the top job.
Involvement in State Capture and Controversial Departures
Both Matona and Marokane had previously worked at Eskom during the state capture era and subsequently left the organization with substantial financial settlements.
Their testimonies played a crucial role in the State Capture Commission of Inquiry, exposing the extent of corruption that occurred during the Gupta’s looting spree at Eskom.
Interviews and Potential Outrage
According to reports, Matona and Marokane were interviewed in early May regarding their potential appointment.
However, their involvement during the state capture era raises concerns, as Eskom had previously stated that executives from that period would not be considered for leadership positions.
Any appointment from this pool of candidates is likely to spark outrage and further scrutiny of Eskom’s commitment to combating corruption.