Koko – I won’t resign for the sake of patriotism

JOHANNESBURG – Controversial Eskom executive Matshela Koko has refused to resign from the power utility, saying he believed he still has a crucial role to play at Eskom. He also says that Eskom’s lenders have been unfairly demanding his dismissal.

On Monday, Koko sent a lawyer’s letter to former interim Eskom boss Sean Maritz in which he stated that if Eskom wants to dismiss him, it must follow the letter of the law. Koko is due to be grilled by the parliamentary inquiry into state capture at Eskom on Wednesday.

He returned to his job at the utility as Eskom group executive for generation. “Our client is not willing to resign on the basis of unfounded calls that he do so, insofar as Eskom may believe that it is grounds to terminate Koko’s services,” stated Koko’s attorney Asger Gani. “These have as yet not been disclosed to him.”

Gani als penned down that Koko is not one of the Eskom executives who is “facing allegations of serious corruption and other acts of impropriety,” as referred to in a statement emanating from the Presidency on Saturday. Eskom’s new board was directed “to immediately remove all Eskom executives who are facing allegations of serious corruption and other acts of impropriety, including Matshela Koko and Mr Anoj Singh.  Singh resigned on Monday.

“It is unlawful and indeed shocking that the government, the shareholder of Eskom, has publicly recorded that it has issued instruction for employee of Eskom to be dismissed on the basis of allegations,” the letter stated.

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