'You got caught up in a spaghetti': Jacob Zuma to ousted Eskom boss

2020-09-08 06:26:00 AM

Five years after leaving Eskom, after only five months as its chief executive, Tshediso Matona is still in the dark about the precise reason he was ousted.

Five years after leaving Eskom, after only five months as its chief executive, Tshediso Matona is still in the dark about the precise reason he was ousted.

Five years after leaving Eskom, after only five months as its chief executive, Tshediso Matona is still in the dark about the precise reason he was ousted.

Zuma, who was initially not available when Matona was being pushed out of Eskom, suddenly"showed remorse"."What he did say was that I got caught up in a spaghetti - those were his exact words," said Matona, adding that he did not understand what Zuma meant.

"He then said to me he would like me to come back to public service. I think he wanted to establish where my headspace was. I left the meeting, we never had the opportunity to speak again."He was asked if he believed Zuma's"remorse" may have indicated that he was involved in his departure from Eskom.

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A month after Matona left Eskom, he got a call confirming Zuma wanted to see him.A month after Matona left Eskom, he got a call confirming Zuma wanted to see him.Save Former Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, who was axed as CEO of the electricity utility at the height of State Capture, revealed at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry how he was kicked out in March 2015, and how the then president, Jacob Zuma, apologised a few months later for what had happened to him.Email Share Former Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona has told the Zondo Commission that his sudden ouster from Eskom in 2015 may have have been motivated by sinister objectives.

Zuma, who was initially not available when Matona was being pushed out of Eskom, suddenly"showed remorse". "What he did say was that I got caught up in a spaghetti - those were his exact words," said Matona, adding that he did not understand what Zuma meant. "What he did say was that I got caught up in a spaghetti - those were his exact words," said Matona, adding that he did not understand what Zuma meant. "He then said to me he would like me to come back to public service. He later reached a settlement with Eskom and, while still unemployed, received a call from Zuma’s office summoning him to a meeting. I think he wanted to establish where my headspace was. I think he wanted to establish where my headspace was. I left the meeting, we never had the opportunity to speak again. He explained that a decision had been taken for a last-minute board meeting to convene on March 9, 2015.

" He was asked if he believed Zuma's"remorse" may have indicated that he was involved in his departure from Eskom." He was asked if he believed Zuma's"remorse" may have indicated that he was involved in his departure from Eskom. He said, ‘We hold you in high regard. "I can confirm the remorse but cannot say if the remorse is a reflection that he may have had a hand in my suspension," he replied. Three months after his meeting with Zuma, Matona was appointed the head of secretariat for the National Planning Commission, located in the presidency, where he still works. Three months after his meeting with Zuma, Matona was appointed the head of secretariat for the National Planning Commission, located in the presidency, where he still works. The commission is set to hear evidence from Tsotsi. The spaghetti The “spaghetti” Zuma referred to was the multi-layered strategy to repurpose Eskom for the Gupta network.  TimesLIVE . TimesLIVE. The inquiry's evidence leader, Adv Pule Seleka SC, presented an affidavit from business consultant, Nick Linnell, who explained that he had drafted that resolution as he had been asked to do so by former SAA, chairperson Dudu Myeni.