Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) welcomes the resignations of Anoj Singh as chief financial officer and Prish Govender as the acting head of group capital at Eskom. Late as it is, BLSA now calls on Matshela Koko, the group executive for generation, to do the same ahead of or soon after his appearance at the parliamentary Inquiry into governance failures at Eskom on Wednesday (January 24 2018).
Themba Maseko, communications director at BLSA, said: “BLSA reiterates its position that Mr Koko’s reinstatement was ill-conceived and premature and should never have happened. This position is borne out by new disclosures that he breached the conditions of his suspension. His continued presence at Eskom is undesirable, untenable and will compromise investigations and undermine the new leadership.”
BLSA calls on all Eskom employees to co-operate with all investigations, including the parliamentary inquiry and the Special Investigation Unit probe announced by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.
Maseko further notes that BLSA welcomes the directive from the Presidency, issued over the weekend stating that: “The board is directed to immediately remove all Eskom executives who are facing allegations of serious corruption and other acts of impropriety, including Mr Matshela Koko and Mr Anoj Singh.”
BLSA supports, and has full confidence in, the new board.