Maroga loses bid for reinstatement

2010-12-11 10:18

Former Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) Jacob Maroga lost his bid in the Johannesburg High Court to be reinstated to his position, the company said.

Judgment was delivered yesterday after Maroga filed an application to be reinstated or be paid damages of up to R85 million as a result of an alleged unlawful dismissal, Eskom said in a statement.

The company maintained in its defence that Maroga had offered to resign from his position and that his offer was then accepted by the board.

The court dismissed his application on the grounds that Maroga had resigned.

The dismissal comes after Maroga’s urgent application in May to interdict Eskom from appointing a new CEO also failed.

This failure made way for the appointment of Brian Dames as the new Eskom CEO.

Maroga, who was appointed Eskom CEO in 2007, offered to resign during a disagreement at a board meeting in October last year under former chairperson Bobby Godsell.

He, however, later denied that he had made the offer, but the board rejected his backtracking and accepted his resignation.

This led to government, Eskom’s sole shareholder, not supporting the board’s decision to accept the resignation leading to Godsell also stepping down.

Mpho Makwana was later appointed Eskom chairperson.

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