Maroga resumes battle with Eskom

Former chief executive Jacob Maroga’s case against Eskom resumes in

the Johannesburg high court today.

The court ruled in May that Maroga could not be reinstated to his

position because of a breakdown of trust, even though his removal from the post

had been illegal.

Last year the power utility’s leadership was thrown into turmoil

over whether Maroga had resigned amid conflicting reports from the board and

Maroga’s supporters.

At the height of the impasse, Eskom chairman Bobby Godsell

resigned.

The latest court action was expected to examine the termination

process with a view to compensation.

At the last hearing, Judge Moroa Tsoka found that Maroga had not

been allowed to respond to allegations of poor performance, a right that was

detailed in his contract.

“In fact, the evidence on record reveals that the two acts of poor

performance, namely failure to produce a funding model to save Eskom money and

to renegotiate Eskom’s long-term contracts, cannot be true as, at the end of

December 2009, Eskom [had] saved R10 billion due to Mr Maroga’s actions,” read

the judgment.

 
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