Eskom CEO, Sean Maritz, follows Matshela Koko out of the door

ANOTHER senior head has rolled at Eskom, the South African power utility, in the resignation of Sean Maritz – a development that sees the company’s CEO avoiding a disciplinary hearing, said Fin24 in an article.

“Maritz’s resignation comes against the backdrop of serious charges of misconduct that were levelled against him, that would have been adjudicated at his disciplinary hearing scheduled for 8 – 9 March 2018,” Eskom said in a statement on Thursday.

“The disciplinary process to hold Maritz to account for any proven wrongdoing can no longer be pursued in light of clear legal precedent that a resignation by an employee unilaterally terminates the employment relationship,” it said.

“Eskom has, as a result, accepted Maritz’s resignation with immediate effect.”

The power utility said it reserves the right to institute legal action in respect of “any damages that the company may have suffered arising from his actions at Eskom, and to enforce its legal rights under the Pension Funds Act”.

Maritz is the second senior Eskom executive to recently have his disciplinary hearing terminated by stepping down. In mid-February the group’s former CEO Matshela Koko submitted a letter of resignation while his disciplinary hearing was taking place.