New Eskom boss de­nies claims

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Kyle Cowan

ACT­ING Eskom chief ex­ec­u­tive Sean Maritz has spo­ken out about al­le­ga­tions he had hired a church friend ir­reg­u­larly and deleted in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence from com­pany com­put­ers.

Maritz was ap­pointed on Fri­day fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the board to ro­tate the ex­ec­u­tives to give them a chance and to gain ex­pe­ri­ence at the level of chief ex­ec­u­tive.

He re­placed Johnny Dladla‚ who had served in the po­si­tion for just 104 days. Dladla has re­turned to his po­si­tion as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Rotek In­dus­tries‚ a sub­sidiary of Eskom. In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Maritz re­futed parts of re­ports in the Sun­day Times over his hir­ing of a friend and fel­low church mem­ber at a fee of R100 000 a month for six months‚ with­out declar­ing the friend­ship.

But Maritz main­tains the con­tract was not ir­reg­u­lar.

Maritz was given a writ­ten warn­ing for the over­sight in 2010‚ which he says has since been ex­punged.

Maritz also re­futed claims that he had deleted some in­for­ma­tion from the Eskom server, adding that the IT se­cu­rity sys­tem was built in such a way that no e-mail could be deleted.

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