Eskom: Ben Ngubane resigns with immediate effect

Calls are intensifying for Ben Ngubane to be held accountable for the rot being unearthed at Eskom - despite his abrupt resignation as chairman.

Eskom board spokesperson Khulani Qoma cited personal reasons for Ngubane's resignation.

"Dr Ngubane formally tendered his resignation, which I accepted", Brown says.

Ngubane steps down from the position amid an investigation of the state company by national treasury, with two other probes planned.

Ngubane has been under the spotlight since former public protector Thuli Madonsela's state capture report implicated him in alleged improper dealings.

In addition, the order adds that Molefe's Labour Court application is postponed to a date to be arranged with the Registrar of the Labour Court, on a reasonable advance notice to the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Molefe is challenging his firing. "To ensure continuity at Eskom, I have chose to appoint Mr Zethembe Khoza as interim chairperson until I am able to take new board appointments to cabinet for approval", said Brown.

Ngubane denied the claim, saying that a board chair could not exert power over a sitting minister.

Ngubane's departure from the power utility company, some 20 months after his permanent appointment, follows a directive by Brown to rescind the re-appointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO who Ngubane staunchly defended.

Last week, local media began reporting on thousands of leaked emails they say expose how the Gupta family uses undue influence over politicians to win government contracts, including contracts from Eskom. Although there have been no prosecutions or convictions, "Eskom's reputation has been torn to shreds", she said.

  • Leroy Wright