Sean Maritz's first act of business as Eskom's newest interim CEO was to rubber-stamp the suspension of the power utility's head of the legal department, who on the previous day issued a letter of demand to Gupta-linked Trillian and global consultancy McKinsey to "pay back the money". Within the first hour of his appointment as Johnny Dladla's replacement, Maritz signed legal head Suzanne Daniels's suspension letter, taking the total of suspended executives to six since May. Sources at Eskom say Daniels's suspension was designed to frustrate Eskom's efforts to recover funds irregularly paid to McKinsey and Trillian. Daniels also stands accused of taking a hard line on officials suspended for alleged corruption that has cost Eskom billions of rands and earned it a qualified audit opinion. Dladla, who had been appointed on June 22 to replace Matshela Koko, another acting chief executive, was removed on Friday for his "failure to control" Daniels, say sources close to the board. Asked ...

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