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Eskom’s Johnny Dladla resigns

Oct 08 2018 17:08
Kyle Cowan, Fin24

Johnny Dladla.

Former acting group chief executive for Eskom and current CEO of the state owned power utility’s subsidiary Rotek Industries, Johnny Dladla, has resigned. 

In a late-afternoon Tweet Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed that Dladla had tendered his resignation and will leave Eskom at the end of October. 

"His successor will be announced in due course," Phasiwe said. 

Phasiwe confirmed to Fin24 that Dladla would be "pursuing private business interests".

Dladla was appointed as acting chief executive in June 2017 but was removed again in October following the suspension of then-acting CEO Matshela Koko. 

Dladla was replaced by Sean Maritz, then-Eskom group executive for information technology in an effort to "embed organisational stability".

Maritz was suspended in February this year, and resigned in March 2018.

Dladla has been with Eskom for roughly 25 years. 

Rotek Industries is a wholly-owned Eskom subsidiary and provides logistics, maintenance and construction services to the power utility. 

In February, during a Parliamentary enquiry into Eskom, it emerged that Dladla may have been removed by then-Eskom chair Zethembe Khoza, because he was cooperating with investigators from G9 Consulting and Advisory Services. 

G9 CEO Rajie Murugan told the portfolio committee on public enterprises the board had removed Dladla because they had discovered G9 would also be investigating them for the role they played in Eskom’s contract with Gupta-linked Trillian. 

Trillian was paid R595m as part of a contract, together with global consultancy McKinsey, who were paid R1bn. 

The contract had breached the Public Finance Management Act, G9 found, and the NPA has since told the courts the payments were criminal. 

In July, McKinsey paid back the funds it received but Trillian is yet to follow suit.

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