The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has condemned the decision by the Eskom board to re-instate Eskom’s former acting CEO Matshela Koko and acting head of group capital, Prish Govender to their positions.
Koko was disciplined for nepotism and failing to declare a conflict of interest. This is regarding his step-daughter’s ownership of shares in a company which was awarded more than a billion rand in contracts by an Eskom division which Koko led.
Prish Govender was implicated in the scandal involving consulting firm McKinsey where he is alleged to have paid monies to the firm.
Numsa’s acting spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi says, “As Numsa, we are very disturbed by what seems to be a pattern at Eskom, where processes are abused in order to ensure that certain compromised executives are protected from taking the responsibility for corruption. For the last decade or so the management team at Eskom together with the board has been characterised by cross management, wasteful expenditure and corruption and instead of dealing decisively with the looters – the board has found creative ways to reward thievery and fraudulent behaviour.”
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