Zuma did not interfere in Maroga matter: Hogan

2009-11-05 10:08

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma did not interfere in the controversy

surrounding Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga and the board of directors, Public

Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan said this morning.

“It has come to my attention that there is an apparent breakdown in

relations between the board of directors of Eskom and the chief executive,” she

said in a statement released ahead of a press conference about the matter.

“As Eskom’s shareholder, I am committed to actively engaging with

all relevant parties to ensure and secure the best possible solution and outcome

for Eskom and the public.

“As shareholder, government has indicated to all relevant parties

that this matter should be resolved expeditiously, with due regard to every

single person’s dignity and rights.

“I would like to add that at no point did the president of the

republic, Mr Jacob Zuma, interfere in any way whatsoever with this

process.”

Government was mindful that the employment contract was between the

board of directors and the chief executive, which was governed by applicable

labour laws that do not permit interference by the shareholder. The shareholder

must ensure that any dispute or breakdown in governance relations in a special

operations executive was attended to with due process respected.

“We are confident that all parties do have the best interests of

the country at heart and that they will resolve this matter with the urgency

that it deserves.”

The statement was in response to a Fin24 report that Zuma had

intervened to prevent Maroga’s sacking.

Eskom chariperson Bobby Godsell is due to brief the media at 1pm.

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