Eskom’s new interim CEO Sean Maritz has asked for time and space to focus on his executive duties as mandated by the utility’s board.
Acting CEO Johnny Dladla was replaced by Maritz last week. He is a former information officer who apparently reported to suspended executive Matshela Koko.
Gia Nicolaides, EWN Reporter, who has been working extensively on the story says Gupta linked Trillian has not yet responded to Eskom. This after it issued letters to both Trillian and McKinsey requesting funds paid as part of a settlement figure be returned. This due to Eskom now admitting a contract entered into was illegal.
We know that McKinsey responded by saying they would like a High Court judge to determine whether the contract with Eskom, worth R1.6 billion is invalid. And only if the court says yes, will they pay the money.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN Reporter
Nicolaides says Trillian had until Tuesday to respond to Eskom.
McKinsey has come out saying on several occasions that the work it did for Eskom was fair and above board, says Nicolaides.
The new acting CEO has also spoken out about allegations against him. Nicolaides says Maritz has denied that there were any irregularities in the appointment of a friend and fellow church member on a six-month contract, an issue going back as far as 2010.
All these allegations have now emerged that he hired his friend on a six-month contract at a salary of a R100 000. Maritz says he is in the clear and there is nothing irregular about that contract.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN Reporter
Maritz is also responsible for issuing the final suspension letter for Eskom's legal head, Suzanne Daniels reports Nicolaides. She says Daniels put together the report exposing the power utility officials and executives on the McKinsey and Trillian deal.
Listen to the full interview on the clip below: