Another top ranking Eskom official, Mark Pamensky, who also had a likely link to the influential Gupta Family, has resigned from the board.
This is according to the utility’s Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown who said that Mark Pamensky resigned after he was mentioned by the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in the state capture report.
Pamensky was Eskom director and a director of telecoms company Blue Label as well as of the Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources.
Madonsela criticised the Eskom board for being “improperly appointed” and for not conforming to ethical standards as the directors directly or indirectly have multiple relationships with the Gupta family.
Madonsela also criticised Minister Lynne Brown for not acting to rectify this once the conflicts were pointed out in the media
Minister Brown, in a statement accepted Pamensky’s resignation after a careful consideration of the situation.
“He made an invaluable contribution over the past year to Eskom and I want to thank him for his contribution and wish him well,” Brown said.
“With this resignation, the Eskom board would require additional non-executive directors to address vacancies on the board.
“I intend submitting my recommendations to Cabinet soon and strengthen the board to ensure that the trend we have seen from Eskom’s mid-term results continues,” she added.
The appointment of a replacement for Molefe as well as additional appointments to the board will come under intense public scrutiny; given the observations by Madonsela that Eskom had gone to enormous lengths to assist the Guptas in the purchase of Optimum coal mine.