ANC wishes new Eskom CEO, board well

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File: The Eskom board will return to the hot seat in Parliament on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC welcomed news of government intervention in Eskom. 

READ: Eskom appoints new board

On Saturday the government announced that Jabu Mabuza will chair the new Eskom board wtih Phakamani Hadebe as the new CEO. 

In a statement released on Saturday, the party said, "Far-reaching measures intended to improve governance as well as restore the integrity of the state-owned company were announced today in a statement released by the Deputy President of the Republic, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa."

"The appointment of an experienced, qualified and credible leadership to the Board of Eskom, as well as the injunction to immediately remove all executives implicated in corruption and other acts of impropriety at Eskom is in line with the key priorities of the African National Congress drawn from the 54th National Conference and the 8 January statement to restore the credibility of public institutions, state-owned enterprises and law enforcement agencies. It is also practical action responding to our commitment to confront corruption and state capture in all its forms."

"The African National Congress wishes the newly appointed Board of Directors as well as Acting CEO Mr Phakamani Hadebe well in their quest to return Eskom to its rightful place as a high-performance organisation with an ethical leadership at the helm. We further assure them of our unwavering support in their mission to serve the public in line with their development mandate."

The ANC concluded their statement by saying, "We are confident that these interventions serve to bring closer the realisation of our commitment to mobilize all social partners behind an economic recovery plan based on, amongst others, protecting our public institutions from improper interference, stability and coherence of our economic policies, and proper governance and management of our state-owned companies."