11 January 2018

South Africa: CCMA - Eskom Goes All Out to Tackle 'Rogue' Executive, Suzanne Daniels

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The embattled power utility is forging ahead with flimsy case against Suzanne Daniels, its head of legal and compliance and, coincidentally, the insider who demanded the Gupta linked Trillian Capital Partners and US firm McKinsey pay back R1.6-billion. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT.

A R9,600 legal bill and a R66,000 tab for a two-day team building exercise - that's what Eskom's case against its now suspended head of legal and compliance, Suzanne Daniels, comes down to.

Removed in October, she is challenging her suspension at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration in Johannesburg on grounds that it was unfair and lacked legal basis.

The charge relating to the bill for the breakaway session at KievitsKroon outside Pretoria is arguably not worth the paperwork or the lawyers' fees.

That's because the power utility never paid for it - Daniels coughed up the cash herself upon realising the company did not intend to pay for the event attended by just under two dozen employees as she sought to heal rifts in her team, some of which had allegedly been caused by her management style.

Daniels seeks the upliftment of her suspension and compensation for legal costs incurred as well as for reputational damage...

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