Maroga insulted Hogan after sacking

2010-06-09 11:00

Former Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga insulted Public Enterprises Minister

Barbara Hogan in court papers he filed to get an R85 million pay-out for

unlawful dismissal, and so can’t be re-instated, the Johannesburg High Court

heard today.

In papers filed two months after his sacking last November, amid a

dispute over whether he had resigned, he accused her of colluding with the board

to say he had in fact stepped down.

Hogan’s counsel Karel Tip said the minister was not present at the

meeting on October 28 when he said he could not agree with chairperson Bobby

Godsell and opted to resign in an “elegant and amicable” manner.

Nor was she

involved in the October 30 event where the board said it accepted his


Hogan only came into the picture later when her and her deputy

Enoch Godongwana met Maroga to try and resolve the dispute because of the

important role the power utility plays.

However, in papers lodged with the court in January to challenge

his sacking, he accused her of colluding with the board and acting unethically

by saying he had resigned, the court heard.

Maroga set out to speak in the “most derogatory” way about the

board and Hogan in court papers, Tip said.

These were not said on the spur of the moment, but two months after

the dispute.

Maroga isolated Parliament and the public and deliberately withheld

facts at the time of the controversy. He acted unethically, was biased, “and so

it goes on”, said Tip.

“These are not statements that a Cabinet minister can tolerate. He

said the relationship of confidence and trust had broken down.”

Maroga is claiming the settlement because he was subsequently fired

on the grounds of poor performance.

The case continues.

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