“Eskom soap opera” needs ending - EFF’s Ndlozi

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 1, 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described the nomination of Ben Ngubane to the position of Eskom Acting Chairman as “irrational”, and that his appointment “exemplifies a consistent pattern of recycling of the same problems that afflict the troubled power utility”

Former SABC Chairperson Ngubane was yesterday appointed after the resignation of Zola Tsotsi, over his suspension of three senior board members including CEO Tshediso Matona, early last month.

In a statement, EFF National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said that the failures which characterised Tsotsi leadership of the state owned parastatal, has been “reaffirmed” by Ngubane’s promotion, and that the current “Eskom soap opera” cannot continue at the expensive of a nation “reeling from constant power blackouts”.

“Ben Ngubane presided over a dysfunctional SABC as chairperson of the Board and went to the extent of defending its COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who had been found by the Public Protector to have made fraudulent claims about his matric qualifications,” said Ndlozi.

“The Public Protector had found that the SABC was characterised by maladministration and systemic corporate governance deficiencies and that is the legacy that Ngubane left at the SABC will carry to Eskom”.

Ndlozi stated that Ngubane’s appointment was mainly due to his close ties with President Jacob Zuma and had nothing to do with his credentials, which he called “questionable”.

“President Zuma continues to bring the country down and disorganise State Owned Companies through nepotistic appointments of homeboys and homegirls.

“The homeboy and homegirl syndrome that defines Zuma’s appointments is a huge cost to the country because capable individuals are overlooked for incapable appointees such as Ben Ngubane”, continued Ndlozi.

He also added that the party requests the appointment of a component and fit CEO as well as Chairperson, to “ensure that the utility delivers on its long-delayed projects and fulfils its duty to the people of South Africa”.

 

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