Johnny Dladla

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has demanded the reinstatement of axed acting Eskom CEO Johnny Dladla.

In a statement released on Tuesday, ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said the youth body was concerned with Dladla's sudden removal.

"We have noted, with extreme concern, the removal of Johnny Dladla as the acting CEO of Eskom. The ANCYL's concerns are  borne out of circumstances surrounding his removal by the Board. 

"The ANCYL wants to place it on record that is has long lost its confidence on the Board of Eskom given its consistent inability to provide good governance at Eskom as expected. The Eskom Board has demonstrated its incapacity on many occasions, most notably was the issue of the then CEO, Brian Molefe which as we understand now is in court," said Mkhize   

He called for the Eskom board to be dissolved, and an interim board put in place to  " rescue this important state owned enterprise". 

"It is our view that his removal as the acting CEO is informed by the fact that he had said that he was going to recoup moneys that were unlawfully paid to McKinsey and Trillian  to the amount  of R1.56 billion," read the statement.

" Our thinking is that this statement earned him the axing. It would appear to us that his  axing has something to do with the aforesaid statement. We cannot have a board that is viewed to be protecting certain individuals. We cannot have state institutions that are perceived, or are defenders of wrong decisions which, even worse, are unlawful," he said.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE