Maroga is a greedy man

Eskom C.E Mr. Jacob Maroga addresses the media on the power consumption estimates' for 2008.
Pic Martin Rhodes 
2007/09/06
© Business Day
Eskom C.E Mr. Jacob Maroga addresses the media on the power consumption estimates' for 2008. Pic Martin Rhodes 2007/09/06 © Business Day

IT WAS with a sense of complete disbelief that I read of former Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga's R85million civil lawsuit, in which he is claiming compensation from the embattled parastatal.

IT WAS with a sense of complete disbelief that I read of former Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga's R85million civil lawsuit, in which he is claiming compensation from the embattled parastatal.

Maroga, pictured, has presided over the single biggest electricity crisis in modern South African history.

During his tenure the parastatal staggered from one crisis or scandal to the next. All the while, as it now emerges, Maroga was living high on the hog at taxpayers' expense, and ANC-affiliated investment companies were receiving lucrative contracts.

While many families and businesses suffered major inconvenience and huge losses as a result of the power crisis, Maroga was happily drawing a R5million annual salary and a host of other perks from security to chauffeur-driven luxury sedans.

It still beggars belief that the man could have accepted performance bonuses when the ship he was steering had so spectacularly run aground.

One would have thought that, given the circumstances, Maroga would have slipped away quietly in the hope that his dismal tenure would be forgotten. Clearly the man has no shame and instead wants to get his greedy hands on even more taxpayers' money.

This suit has nothing to do with labour practice. That is clearly borne out by the fact that Maroga has opted for a civil suit rather than to pursue the matter through regular labour dispute channels. While the parastatal has given notice that it intends to oppose this civil suit, it remains to be seen whether the ANC cabinet will have the required resolve to tackle Maroga head-on.

John Steenhuisen, MPL,DA provincial leader, KZN

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