Eskom is desperate to get rid of “fair, ethical, and lawful” employees, according to a new report.
The City Press reported that Suzanne Daniels – Eskom’s suspended head of its legal department – said she was suspended for asking Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr for a legal opinion.
The consultation cost R9,600.
Daniels said another charge was that she held a team-building session at Kievits Kroon Country Estate in Pretoria, which she paid R66,000 of her own money for.
The action against her follows Eskom being “slow” to take measures against senior officials who were “involved in serious financial mismanagement and state capture”.
This includes Matshela Koko being reappointed as head of power generation after he was not guilty for actions which saw his stepdaughter’s company receive contracts worth R1 billion from Eskom.
The report stated that Daniels was also suspended due to an alleged “destructive management style” and that documents relating to former CEO Brian Molefe’s departure from Eskom had been destroyed.
This was reportedly two days after Daniels stated that McKinsey and Gupta-linked Trillion repay R1.6 billion in irregular payments that Eskom had made to the company.
The charges against Daniels then changed multiple times as Eskom’s management structures changed, and she is currently fighting the suspension at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.
The news follows recent reports that Eskom is “going under fast”, due to financial mismanagement and unnecessary spending on new power stations.