Mark Lamberti admits to 'mistakes' as he departs from Eskom

Mark Lamberti admits to 'mistakes' as he departs from Eskom

The board director has cut ties with the power utility amid a cloud of controversy and a court judgement.

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"This decision is motivated by my fiduciary duty to Eskom and my consistent and proven record of acting insofar as possible in the best interests of South Africa," reads Mark Lamberti's resignation letter.


Lamberti has resigned as a director of the power utility's board and all subcommittees after he was implicated in a court judgement.


Adila Chowan, a former financial director at Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), sued the company, its umbrella company Imperial Holdings and Lamberti, its CEO.


She sued for damages - claiming the defendants had breached their duty and for wrongful conduct - when she was initially assured career progression at AMH, only later to be told - according to her testimony - "she would never be a CFO in the Imperial Group".


And in late March, a Johannesburg court found "Imperial and Mr Lamberti are liable, jointly and severally, for Ms Chowan's damages... as a result of the impairment of her dignity", and ordered them to pay for the damages she incurred.

Court Judgement against Mark Lamberti by Pieter van der Merwe on Scribd

In his resignation letter Lamberti admits mistakes were made but insists, despite what he describes as inaccurate media reports, saying "there were no findings in the judgment of race or gender discrimination".


The Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has accepted his resignation.


His department released a statement confirmed Lamberti's resignation and commended him for "taking the difficult decision to put the interests of Eskom, the board and the country above all else".


Lamberti says he will not accept any compensation from the power utility and also pay back the monies he has received since his appointment.


The Progressive Professionals Forum has welcomed his resignation saying it had raised concerns over his appointment from the onset given the ongoing court case.


Listen below to Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe commenting on the decision.

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