DA calls on Minister Brown to reject bonus request for Eskom executives

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The Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown Medupi during the opening of Medupi power station's Unit 6 on August 30, 2015 in Lephalale.

The Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown Medupi during the opening of Medupi power station's Unit 6 on August 30, 2015 in Lephalale.

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The Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown Medupi during the opening of Medupi power station's Unit 6 on August 30, 2015 in Lephalale.

The Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown Medupi during the opening of Medupi power station's Unit 6 on August 30, 2015 in Lephalale.

CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday urged Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to stop bonus payments to “ineffective” Eskom executives.

Brown had the power to stop “the handover of millions of public money to Eskom executives who have utterly failed, and in some cases, are the cause of the dire financial situation at the power utility”, DA spokeswoman, Natasha Mazzone said.

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The DA publicly called on Brown to reject the request to approve short-term bonuses of R5.5-million for three former and current executives, which formed part of a R13-million payment for top executives R2.1-million for former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, R1.5-million for suspended acting CEO Matshela Koko, and R1.9-million for CFO Anoj Singh.

“The fact is that Eskom may not be able to pay salaries to its 49,000 employees come November. According to reports, its income decreased from R5.3-billion last year to R900-million in June, while the interest it accrued on its debt jumped to R38-billion from R31-billion,” Mazzone said.

“Clearly, Eskom finances are in a shambles. The true state of Eskom’s financial situation is markedly different from the picture of excellence painted by Mr Ben Ngubane [former Eskom board chairman] when he and the board appeared before the portfolio committee on public enterprises less than two months ago.

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“It is utterly unacceptable for executive bonuses to be paid while ordinary employees may not be paid. Only good performance should be rewarded. Yet Eskom is clearly intent on doing the opposite.

The DA will not allow public money to be squandered on ineffective executives while the livelihoods of ordinary employees are put at risk,” Mazzone said.