Eskom board no-show in Parliament

Eskom board no-show in Parliament

Members of the interim board at Eskom failed to appear before Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday morning.

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Board members were supposed to join executives of the embattled power utility to update Parliament on recommendations it made following an oversight visit to power stations last year.

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Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO), André de Ruyter, explained to that he had received a message from interim chairperson, Malegapuru Makgoba, that he would not be able to come to Parliament.

"Having regard to the fact that the oversite visit was conducted by executives at the time, officials of Eskom, the chair sent his apologies and he has asked to be excused from this meeting," said De Ruyter. 

Malegapuru Makgoba was appointed as the interim chair of Eskom following the resignation of Jabu Mabuza in January. 

However, Scopa chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, said the board is undermining parliament by not accounting to the committee. 

"I actually consider the action of the board to be one of undermining this committee, it's not acceptable," said Hlengwa.

He added that the board failed to properly excuse themselves from proceedings. 

"It is unacceptable that the board is not here. Whatever consideration that have been given should have been communicated to myself prior, not make a decision to the point to implement it without consulting us," concluded Hlengwa.


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