The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has called for the resignation of Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jan Oberholzer.
In a statement on Monday, 16 March 2020, the South African Federation of Trade Unions called for the resignation of Eskom’s COO, Jan Oberholzer. The union maintained that should he refuse to resign, Eskom should fire him.
“This follows a report that Stefanutti Stocks, an engineering and construction firm, of which Oberholzer is a former managing director and still a shareholder, is the subject of investigations by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Hawks, into allegations that it allegedly defrauded Eskom of R139 billion in inflated contracts,” read the statement.
Eskom spokesperson, Skhonathi Mantshantsha, confirmed that Oberholzer is indeed a shareholder in Stefanutti Stocks. Mantshantsha noted that Oberholzer met with Stefanutti Managing Director, Russell Crawford, and Commercial Director, John Le Riche, in 2018, shortly after his appointment as Eskom’s COO in 2018. Oberholzer held his first meeting with Crawford on 17 October 2019, which was attended by Former Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Jabu Mabuza, Acting Head of Legal and Compliance Bartlett Hewu, Eskom’s Jerome Mthembu and Contracts Manager Binesh Singh, Eskom’s contracts manager at the Kusile project.
SAFTU called for Oberholzer’s resignation and warned that should Eskom CEO, Andre Du Ruyter, fail to act, he would be seen in cahoots with Oberholzer. “Oberholzer must go! He is conflicted and corrupt,” the statement concluded.