Speaker, Eskom was scheduled to hold a press conference at 13:00 today. An internal confidential memo was circulated by Eskom this morning to explain the reason for this. The memo reads as follows:
Dear Colleagues, Mr Jacob Maroga has resigned as CEO of Eskom with immediate effect. [Applause.] The Eskom board is presently considering who will be acting on his behalf and will inform business in due course.
Minutes before the meeting was due to start, Eskom chairperson Bobby Godsell announced that the media briefing had been postponed. It now appears that Godsell and other officials had been rushed to an urgent high level meeting.
After it became clear that the Minister of Public Enterprises had attempted to interfere in the process of getting Maroga fired, the timing of that urgent high level meeting was startling. Are these further attempts at political interference? Who exactly is attending the meeting? Isn't this just another shameless attempt by the ANC to interfere in the failed public enterprise? I thank you. [Applause.]