Eskom dismisses 2 senior managers
TWO senior Eskom managers in East London have been fired and 10 officials have been put on suspension over misconduct allegations relating to electrification of households.
The officials have different charges ranging from insubordination, fraud, misconduct and going Awol.
Some have been on suspension since February and some since June.
Managers Martin Nkambule and Neliswa Mtobana were dismissed for alleged misconduct and insubordination after submitting fraudulent reports on the number of households electrified in the province.
An investigation uncovered inflated numbers of households electrified.
The electrification backlog in the Eastern Cape is estimated at about 450,000 households.
It costs the government an estimated R18,000 per connection, including infrastructure.
Eskom needs more than R8.1-billion to electrify all 450,000 houses.
The National Union of Mineworkers has since raised concerns about the grievance procedure followed to discipline some officials. Yesterday, more than 300 NUM members picketed outside Eskom's Beacon Bay premises.
Eskom spokesman Zama Mpondwana confirmed there were proceedings against some of its senior staff.