Another top ranking Eskom official, Mark Pamensky, who also had a likely link to the influential Gupta Family, has resigned from the board.
This is according to the utility’s Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown who said on Tuesday evening that Mark Pamensky resigned after he was mentioned by the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in the state capture report.
Mark Pamensky was Eskom director and a director of telecoms company Blue Label as well as of the Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources. His resignation follows that of Eskom Chief Executive, Brian Molefe who stated on Friday that he would step down on January 1.
In the report, Madonsela criticised the Eskom board for being “improperly appointed” and for not conforming to ethical standards as the directors directly or indirectly have multiple relationships with the Gupta family.
The report also criticised Minister Lynne Brown for not acting to rectify this once the conflicts were pointed out in the media
Minister Brown, in a statement on Tuesday said she accepted Pamensky’s resignation after a careful consideration of the situation.
“He made an invaluable contribution over the past year to Eskom and I want to thank him for his contribution and wish him well,” Brown said.
“With this resignation, the Eskom board would require additional non-executive directors to address vacancies on the board.
“I intend submitting my recommendations to Cabinet soon and strengthen the board to ensure that the trend we have seen from Eskom’s mid-term results continues,” she added.
The appointment of a replacement for Molefe as well as additional appointments to the board will come under intense public scrutiny; given the observations by Madonsela that Eskom had gone to enormous lengths to assist the Guptas in the purchase of Optimum coal mine.
Meanwhile, opposition parties have attacked the Eskom CE, Molefe saying his resignation did not mean an escape from the consequences that might arise from the State of Capture report,
Parties like the Congress of the People (COPE) and the DA said Molefe should still face the consequences if he was found to be in the wrong, even though had he resigned.
“His resignation does not mean he absolves himself from the criminal charges that might arise from the report, once the inquiry is done,
“His resignation does not mean he absolves himself from the criminal charges that might arise from the report, once the inquiry is done,” they said, adding that Molefe had damaged Eskom’s reputation, hence he should be duly punished.