Portfolio committee on public enterprises’ Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba said Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s resignation was a “serious loss to the country and to the institution”.
She said Molefe had been able to turn the embattled Eskom around in a short space of time because of his strong ethics, professionalism and leadership skills.
“To realise he has resigned is really disappointing and devastating,” Letsatsi-Duba said, adding that she wasn’t surprised by his decision.
“I think a person like Brian, who has strong ethics and professional skills, wouldn’t like his name to be dragged through the mud. “Eskom’s reputation has been put into disrepute by the public protector’s statements.”
Letsatsi-Duba said the board would have to “convene as a matter of urgency” to appoint an interim CEO to fill Molefe’s shoes when he left. Eskom chairperson Baldwin Ngubane said the decision taken by Molefe was regrettable.
“Since joining Eskom in 2015, Mr Molefe and his executive management team have turned around the company’s operational and financial performance,” he said.