Sean Maritz. Photo: Francois Williams

  • Sean Maritz, once acting Eskom CEO, resigned from the company on Thursday.
  • He had gone back to being group executive for information technology.
  • He was due to face a disciplinary hearing next week.

Its one-time acting CEO Sean Maritz had resigned, Eskom announced on Thursday, just a week before his disciplinary hearing on serious alleged misconduct had been due to start.

After being rotated out of the CEO job, Maritz had returned to his post as group executive for information technology.

For a short time he had been the face of Eskom, while it supposedly stabilised its leadership.

Maritz joins a veritable exodus of leaders from Eskom recently, all under a could of – but never found involved in – bending the company to the will of the controversial Gupta family.

Brian Molefe

At one point Brian Molefe claimed to have retired from and resigned from Eskom simultaneously. He also at various times supposedly went on leave (while briefly serving as a member of Parliament), was rehired (although the legal status of that was in question) and, according to him, was fired.

That was all before he joined the army.

Thuli Madonsela, while Public Protector, pointed to Molefe's apparent very close relationship with the Gupta family – while it received VIP treatment from Eskom – in her State of Capture report.

Anoj Singh

While presenting Eskom's financial statemetns to the media, Anoj Singh promised to later explain, in detail, why leaked emails seemed to show he luxuriated in the largess of the Gupta family on a trip to Dubai.

He never did.

When he later appeared before Parliament, he appeared to avoid pointed questions, and even so was later accused of lying.

In between he abruptly resigned.

Matshela Koko

Unlike Maritz who pre-empted, Matshela Koko resigned in the middle of his disciplinary hearing. After he had vowed that he would not allow himself to be pushed out of Eskom because he had done nothing wrong, and famously proclaimed that his blood ran Eskom blue.

When he won a court challenge to his dismissal shortly after that statement, Koko explained that he had already moved on.

Koko appeared to be at – or at least close to – the centre of a web of Gupta influence at Eskom. His family also did rather well out of doing business with Eskom.

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