Eskom Chairperson Zola Tsotsi Should Be Fired: NUM

MARCH 13, 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says instead of suspending Eskom CEO, Tshediso Matona and three other senior executives - Finance director Tsholofelo Molefe, group capital executive Dan Marokane and technology and commercial executive Matshela Ko – the power utility should have fired Chairperson, Zola Tsotsi.

Matona was appointed to the position six months ago.

“Clearly it means there's collapse of governance. We would have expected that the chairperson of Eskom board should have been the one who is fired,” says NUM general secretary Frans Baleni.

“We did raise a concern about the re-instatement of this chairperson when a new board has been established. We reject this because we were never consulted. We think there's bigger picture, rather than to gun for these four executives.”

Announcing the suspensions yesterday, Tsotsi however said there was nothing sinister towards the executives.

"There is nothing sinister happening," said Tsotsi, who said he was just the messenger. "This is a fact-finding inquiry ... which will last for three months."

"If in the process of this fact-finding process we find that there is improper conduct, then we will have to address those things," he said.

"But we are not setting out with that in mind."

“I smell a rat on the ESKOM suspensions. Why new CEO suspended by a chair who have been there for years in order to establish facts - fishy!” Cosatu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, tweeted.

“I am completely stunned. First Zola Tsotsi presides over deterioration of #Eskom, then he suspends the execs who only just got appointed,” tweeted journalist, Carol Paton.