Opposition party, the DA has come against the appointment of Matshela Koko as the new Eskom CEO.
The party said by appointing Koko to replace Brian Molefe, the state power utility is committing the same mistake of recycling an “improperly appointed” board.
DA went on to accuse Minister Lynne Brown of quickly approving Koko’s recommendation without properly considering the previous issues that got the utility roped in the recently released state capture report.
The board is simply recycling current members and introducing no “new blood” into the structure, says Natasha Mazzone DA’s shadow minister of Public Enterprises who pointed out that, like Molefe, Koko has been outspoken on issues regarding the Nuclear project and both are fully supportive of Eskom taking charge of the Nuclear build program.
Koko’s appointment, as endorsed by the Minister of Public Enterprises‚ Lynne Brown, on Wednesday, takes effect from December 1 and Brown described him as one having a wealth of experience and understands the challenges faced by the state utility.
Like former CEO Molefe, who resigned after Thuli implicated him in her State Capture report, new Eskom CEO, Matshela Koko is also implicated in the “State of Capture” report.
He allegedly signed a document approving a prepayment of R600,000 to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources, but he was not subpoenaed to give evidence to the public protector.
The DA also revealed that the Newly appointed Eskom CEO distorted facts and changed his tune about the benefits of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).
“This was nothing short of a poor attempt to convince the South African public that nuclear energy is the most rational choice for our country.” the party noted.
“At a time when Minister Brown should be introducing fresh, untainted and independent leadership to the highly controversial entity, she is simply reinforcing concerns of personal interests within the board.
“The only chance Eskom has of proving its political independence to the South African people and proving that it is not a captured entity is a complete change in leadership by a politically neutral, independent board made up of specialists in the field and not deployed cadres,” DA’s Mazzone reported.