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Johnny Dladla must be reinstated as acting CEO of Eskom – ANCYL

Youth league calls for Parliament to institute an ad-hoc committee to look into the affairs of power utility

Johnny Dladla must be reinstated as the Acting CEO of Eskom 

10 October 2017

The African National Congress Youth League has noted, with extreme concern, the removal of Johnny Dladla as the acting CEO of Eskom. The ANCYL's concerns are  borne out of circumstances surrounding his removal by the Board. The ANCYL wants to place it on record that is has long lost its confidence on the Board of Eskom given its consistent inability to provide good governance at Eskom as expected. The Eskom Board has demonstrated its incapacity on many occasions, most notably was the issue of the then CEO, Brian Molefe which as we understand now is in court.   

The Eskom Board went on to appoint someone who has subsequently been suspended pending the disciplinary hearing on what he is suspected, and alleged to have done. The Eskom Board must be dissolved, and an interim Board be placed to rescue this important state owned enterprise. 

The ANCYL calls for parliament to immediately institute an adhoc committee to look into the affairs of Eskom just like they did with SABC. We further call for the reinstatement of Johnny Dladla because his removal lacks substance, but further passes an incorrect perception or reality. It is our view that his removal as the acting CEO is informed by the fact that he had said that he was going recoup moneys that were unlawful paid to McKinsey and Trillian to the amount of R1.56 billion. Our thinking is that this statement earned him the axing. It would appear to us that his axing has something to do with aforesaid statement. We cannot have a Board that is viewed to be protecting certain individuals. We cannot have state institutions that are perceived, or are defenders of wrong decisions which, even worse, are unlawful. 

Issued by Mlondi Mkhize, National Spokesperson African National Congress Youth League, 10 October 2017