South Africa 24.4.2015 12:16 pm

Numsa calls for the removal of Eskom chairperson

FILE PIC: Numsa Secretary general Irving Jim. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PIC: Numsa Secretary general Irving Jim. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is calling for the “immediate withdrawal” of Ben Ngubane as chairperson to embattled Eskom.

Addressing the media on the outcomes of its central committee meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday, Numsa boss Irvin Jim said the SABC was looted millions of rands during his tenure as the public broadcaster’s chairperson.

“What is this patronage that allows such a discredited man to be put in such a leadership is such a vital organisation when it is in crisis?” asked Jim.

Jim also took a swipe at Eskom’s acting CEO Brian Molefe, labelling him a union “basher”.

“Numsa experience with Brian Molefe is a terrible one,” said Jim.

“At Transnet we witnessed a R50 billion tender being allocated to Chinese companies.

“So Numsa has no confidence in Brian Molefe.”

Jim blamed load shedding on the ANC-led government’s failure to invest in new power generating capacity and leadership failures at Eskom.

“This crisis is having dire consequences for the South African economy,” said Jim.

“It will lead to employers moving to shed jobs in many industries.”

Jim said at the core of Eskom’s crisis was also a power struggle among the predatory elites for the contracts that they want to allocate to themselves and their friends.

“This situation has contributed to undermining Eskom’s core mandate of electrifying the country,” said Jim.

“Eskom has now been downgraded to junk status by the credit rating agencies largely due to poor leadership.

“We reject load shedding; Eskom must do its job.”

Jim said Numsa was disgusted by the fact that the Farlam Commission report findings have not been made public.

The final report was handed over to President Jacob Zuma earlier this month.

Jim said: “It was President Jacob Zuma’s government that killed workers in Marikana. We want to know whether Zuma had a role to play in giving orders to the police to shoot to kill.”

He added that the union want the report to be made public because it doesn’t belong to Zuma and his Cabinet.

-ngwakom@citizen.co.za

 

 

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