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More woes for Eskom CEO André de Ruyter - Business Day
A second executive has accused him of making another three senior appointments without following due process
Fresh allegations have emerged against Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, with a second executive accusing him of making another three senior appointments without following due process. Business Day has been reliably informed that last week Eskoms board reversed, within a day, the addition of the names to the terms of reference for the independent investigation, to be done by senior counsel advocate Ishmael Semenya. He would have investigated eight questionable appointments by the CEO but three names have since been removed from that list. This was after Eskom CFO Caleb Cassim informed the board of three new GM appointments that were allegedly done at De Ruyters instruction outside the normal process. Cassim alleged that former department of public enterprises chief specialist Ben Theron, Mandy Rambharos and Michiel Reimers were appointed as GMs either without the positions being advertised, or to positions that did not exist on Eskoms organigram. Initially the board resolved to add the names and added them, but at another board meeting the next day the chairperson and other board members felt the CFO should write a formal complaint to the board, such as [Solly] Tshitangano had done, a source with direct knowledge of the developments said. Thus the names were removed from the terms of reference, which were drawn up by Eskoms acting head of legal, for consideration by the board. Cassim could not be reached for comment, but several Eskom insiders confirmed he had not submitted a complaint to the board. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the amended terms of reference came about after Eskoms acting head of legal, and the company secretary, raised a legal question about the addition of the names. Legal advice was sought and received, that the three names be removed as their addition was inconsistent with the letter of complaint upon which the investigation is based, he said. As the matter was drawn to the attention of the board, it was resolved that this matter must be confronted and addressed and must not be swept under the carpet. This matter is now receiving that due attention, he added. The power utility also said the appointments were done in accordance with Eskoms policy and guidelines, in the best interests of the company. There is no requirement for the Eskom board to approve the appointment of senior managers and organisational structures. This is part of the operational roles to be fulfilled by the group CEO, the company added. Reimerss appointment as GM of special projects from March was filled through a headhunter, while Theron has been on a fixed-term contract as forensics GM that has been renewed every three months since May 2020. Eskom is currently using the services of a headhunter to fill the vacancy, it added. The Eskom talent discovery procedure allows for contracting of specialists on a fixed-term basis, for a period not exceeding three months with specified completion of a task or project or a fixed date. It also allows for a renewal of a contract in the event that work for which the non-permanent employee was appointed could not be completed within the contractual period. Eskom said De Ruyter had decided to elevate the just energy transition office, where Rambharos has been appointed GM, to inside his office so he could influence it directly because it was important to Eskoms transformational agenda. Business Day was able to independently verify that two different versions of the terms of reference, one with eight appointments and another with five names, were drawn up at Eskom. The one without the additional names made it to Semenya last Thursday. Eskom announced last week that Semenya had been requested to conduct the investigation and issue written findings and recommendations. Bloomberg last week cited a forensic report that oil blending and storage company Econ Oil had secured deals to supply Eskom with fuel oil worth more than R15bn at inflated prices by paying inducements, including donations to the ANC. De Ruyter has been quoted denying the racism allegations against him in an affidavit before parliament. TimesLIVE
‘Deaf and blind’ to the risks of corruption: High court knocks down Bandile Masuku’s last stand – his lawyers’ interpretation notwithstanding - Daily Maverick
‘He took no steps at all to lead and protect his department from stumbling into the predictable chasm,’ court finds.
Former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku. (Photo: Gallo Images / Sharon Seretlo) The North Gauteng High Court yesterday dismissed with costs an application by Gautengs former MEC for Health, Dr Bandile Masuku, to review and set aside a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that led to his dismissal by Premier David Makhura in October 2020. The landmark case had been argued in January and Mondays judgment was quickly welcomed by the SIU, which noted that the judgment affirms that the SIU is discharging its mandate of investigating allegations of corruption and maladministration in the affairs of State institutions in a manner that is fair and just, and its long-standing statement that investigations conducted by the corruption-busting Unit are evidence-based and not influenced by any other measure. The great PPE scandal: Masuku and SIU duke it out in high court Masukus legal team was not so enthusiastic. While welcoming the courts dicta that Masuku is not accused of corruption or nepotism, nor has the SIU found any evidence to that effect, other aspects of the judgment were noted and criticised as a terribly missed opportunity to make clear the limits and duties of executive oversight of the day-to-day running of government departments. Powers of the SIU The case was an important one about the powers of the SIU and the status of findings and recommendations arising from its investigations. In essence, the unanimous judgment of a Full Bench, made up of judges Ronald Sutherland, Joseph Raulinga and Thina Siwendu, made two important findings: the first is that any investigative report issued by the SIU to the president or a premier can be the subject of a high court review an important precedent under the principle of legality. This is necessary for accountability, but also as a way of keeping such a powerful entity within bounds. In the words of the court: The report of the SIU, albeit non-final, is an exercise of public power for which it can be held accountable on the test for rationality. Here, the court was at pains to appreciate that an investigation and its findings, even if they bind no one, can be invasive and prejudicial as they have been to Masuku, whose reputation has been shattered. Having found it reviewable, the SIUs report on the Gauteng PPE scandal and Masukus role as MEC was criticised by the court in certain respects. At para 53, for example, it said the text of the report, as a whole, is substantially padded, but explained this as hyperbole rather than malicious or inaccurate. This was more of a slap on the wrist for the SIU, as the courts main second finding is that the SIU nonetheless acted in fulfilment of its statutory duties, based on a factual investigation and was therefore not irrational. Thus, there is no basis to set the report aside. Game over. In a face-saving attempt, Masukus lawyers, Motalane Inc issued a statement on Monday afternoon, claiming that the judgment was a vindication of his protestations, welcoming that: he is not accused of corruption or nepotism and that the so-called findings of the SIU are mere opinions that the Premier should not have relied upon to make any form of decision against him. This interpretation is not accurate. The court did not find that the SIUs findings were mere opinions or that the premier should not have relied on them. Instead, it said that the recommendations of the SIU were a legitimate comment on whether any official had been culpable of improper activity. It noted that whether the premier (or president) ultimately takes them into account is their business. In this instance the premier did, but, warned the court, nothing in this judgment should be construed as addressing the propriety of the decision by the Premier. Indeed, from the outset one of the anomalies of Masukus legal strategy was his decision to challenge the SIU, but not the premier. Finally, the court was much more critical of the MECs inaction than Masukus lawyers would have us believe. It found that the heart of the case in support of the opinion held by the SIU came down to two aspects. The first: … Dr Masuku was neglectful in his duties despite being in a critical leadership position. This conduct justifies an adverse inference about his lack of professionalism and lack of care in discharging his functions. His conduct shows a lack of judgment and of diligence. His version as given to the SIU was faithfully reproduced. What he is criticised for is not for lying; his ignorance was taken at face value, despite the skepticism it fully deserved, but for neglect. Prima facie, Dr Masukus own version is a confession of unprofessionalism and dereliction of his duties. (Para 65.1) Executive oversight of departmental functioning The second finding of the court is also one directly overlooked by Masukus lawyers, who lament that the judgment does not address the crucial matter of executive oversight by executive authorities and that, Such an oversight by the Court does not help to clarify the confusion that exists about the extent and limits of executive oversight. However, what the court says on this matter is unambiguous and very much about executive oversight. It found that: As the political head of the GDoH [Gauteng Department of Health], which had taken on the front-line role of centralised PPE procurement agent for the entire provincial government, in the face of the greatest public health risk in a century, and being the co-chair of the command council of the province, and, necessarily, being aware of the perils of irregularities if appropriate controls were not in place to regulate the fraught and vulnerable process of emergency procurement, he was so deaf and blind to these risks that he took no steps at all to lead and protect his department from stumbling into the predictable chasm. The court criticised Masukus rebuttal that he was entitled to remain wholly detached, even in a pandemic. On this basis, even though the SIU investigation found no crime being committed and no basis for civil action, it faithfully reported what it had learned to the Premier and to the President. It deemed Dr Masukus conduct to be wanting. To form such an opinion is plainly within its scope of functions. (Para 67) On this basis, advocate Andy Mothibi, the head of the SIU, stated: This judgment settles the question relating to the role of Executive Authorities including Accounting Officers, Accounting Authorities in their responsibilities and accountability relating to the State Institutions they are accountable for. The State Officials should also read the judgment to ensure that they understand it clearly. In light of the courts unflattering comments on Masukus conduct, it is hard to see how Motalane Inc can conclude that there are no adverse findings against him; or, if that is their view, why the door to an appeal is being kept open, as an appropriate course of action will be communicated as soon as possible. On the basis of this important judgment, it would seem that many of the legal issues around Masukus dismissal have been settled. 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Jacob Zuma keeps everybody guessing as ConCourt deadline looms - IOL
Former president Jacob Zuma has kept everybody guessing on whether he will meet the deadline or continue with his non-participation stance.
By Sihle Mavuso2h ago Durban - With a few hours left before the deadline given to him to tell the Constitutional Court what sentence he feels should be meted out for defying it, former president Jacob Zuma has kept everybody guessing on whether he will meet the deadline or continue with his non-participation stance. On Monday Zumas lawyer of records in the court, Eric Mabuza, and the former presidents spokesperson, Vukile Mathabela, were not forthcoming, when asked whether Zuma will change his mind and participate in the legal process, or stick to his defiant stance that saw him telling the court to sentence him in absentia and that he would serve any sentence. On Friday the court sent out a notice to Zuma and his legal team to file the papers by Wednesday and guide it on how to penalise him. The first respondent (Zuma) must file an affidavit not longer than 15 pages on or before Wednesday, April 14, on the following issues: In the event that the first respondent is found guilty of the alleged contempt of court, what constitutes the appropriate sanctions, and in the event this courts deems committal appropriate, the nature and the magnitude of the sentence that should be imposed, supported by reasons, reads part of the Concourt instruction to Zuma. It added that should Zuma elect to exercise his right to mitigate before he is sentenced for defying a lawful instruction to appear before the Zondo Commission to testify in December and January, then all parties involved in the matter should file their counter affidavits as well. Meanwhile, on Monday Zuma turned 79 and his party, the ANC, associates and friends heaped birthday wishes on him. Zuma, South Africas fourth democratically elected president, was born in rural Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal on April 12, 1942. His father was Nobhekisisa Zuma and his mother was Gcinamazwi Zuma (née Mzobe). Attesting to his public discourse-dominating demeanour, some of Zumas supporters on Twitter called the day #ZumaDay and at some point the hashtag was at number one, and also in the top 10 trending South African hashtags was his clans name Msholozi. From political circles, some of the birthday wishes for Zuma came from the ANC at national level, KZN ANC, former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, current KZN ANC chairperson and premier Sihle Zikalala, and MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus. We wish our president Zuma long life, strength and good health. Continue serving our people with diligence, dedication and commitment, read a message from Luthuli House, the national headquarters of the ANC. This was while the ANC in KZN said it wished Zuma all the best in life. Gumede said Zumas work while he was in power was there for all to see and wished him a long life. Long live Matomela (Zumas other clans names), your work in health education, rural development and peacekeeping continues to live.Thank you for all your good work and may God keep you, Gumede wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. Niehaus, who has been at the forefront in the defence of Zuma, said it was shameful that at his advanced age, the former president was being persecuted by his enemies. Dear #Nxamalala wishing you a blessed 79th birthday. At your age you should be given the dignity and respect of the elderly statesman you are. You have dedicated your life to @MYANC. Yet, your enemies give you no rest. Shame on them! We are many comrades who will never forsake you!, Niehaus wrote on Twitter. Zikalala said Zuma was an inspiration to many. Happy Birthday Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. We remain inspired by your services and struggle towards liberation, development and economic emancipation. Happy Birthday I wish you all the best, Zikalala wrote on his Facebook page. Other birthday messages of the day came from the rank and file of the governing party, former staff members of the Presidency who worked with Zuma, and from his sympathisers from neighbouring countries, such as the Kingdom of eSwatini. Related Video: [email protected] Political Bureau