Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has thanked the former Eskom Board Chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane for turning the parastal around during the tough times.
This follows Dr Ngubane’s resignation on Monday night as Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of the Board of Eskom.
“Dr Ben Ngubane has resigned with immediate effect as non-executive director and chairperson of the bard of Eskom. Dr Ngubane formally tendered his resignation, which I accepted,” Minister Brown said on Monday.
The Minister has appointed Zethembe Khoza as the interim chairperson of the Eskom board following the resignation of Ben Ngubane.
Minister Brown thanked Ngubane for his contribution to turning the South African power utility around since the load shedding days of 2014/15.
Minister Brown wished Ngubane well in his future endeavours.
“To ensure continuity at Eskom, I have decided to appoint Mr Zethembe Khoza as interim chairperson until I am able to take new board appointments to Cabinet for approval,” Minister Brown said.
Ngubane was previously appointed acting chair of the board at the end of March 2015 after former chairman Zola Tsotsi stepped down.
The ruling party African National Congress (ANC) suspected Ngubane’s move as an attempt to avoid being held accountable for his role in recent events at Eskom.
He was implicated in the Gupta Leaks which exposed the tender irregularities at the State Owned Enterprises such as Eskom, Transnet and Denel.
Opposition parties also viewed Ngubane’s resignation suspicious …
Meanwhile, Eskom’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place later this month.