Newly appointed CEO of the SA Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Sicelo Xulu has responded to a call by the Democratic Alliance to have him axed.
In a statement to The Citizen on Monday, the party said it was dismayed by Xulu's appointment to the SAIEE, insisting that he has been tainted by allegations of mismanagement and corruption during his tenure as the managing director of City Power.
Xulu stepped down from his position at the utility in 2017.
DA Gauteng leader, John Moodey claims that Xulu was removed from his position following the conclusion of a forensic report into widespread corruption and mismanagement allegedly costing the public billions.
Xulu has hit back at these claims in an interview with Karima Brown. In the interview Xulu provides documents he says absolve him of any wrong doing.
If you look at that Sizwe Ngaluba Ntsaluba Gobodo report, page 92 and 93 deal specifically with the smart meters and again there, you will not find my name because there was no wrongdoing that was found. I am talking about reports that are there, that exist having been done independently by professionals. I fail to understand why there is this camapaign to vilify and malign my name as a I continue as a professional.— Sicelo Xulu, CEO - SAIEE
Around the statement they have made around Hopfield substation and Eldorado Park, there is again a report - this report was conducted by Grant Thorton, dated 8 September 2017. If you look at the summary of findings, you will not find my name there... because I was not involved in any form or shape of corruption.— Sicelo Xulu, CEO - SAIEE
He has also dismissed claims that he is former President Jacob Zuma's newphew.
I want to state it clearly, I have no relations with the former president of this country. There is no blood relation. I studied very hard to be where I am and to skill myself to be where I am, under very difficult conditions.— Sicelo Xulu, CEO - SAIEE
Clearly it is political. I don't understand, I am just a purely technical person. Clearly they have got an issue and I don't know what it is.— Sicelo Xulu, CEO - SAIEE
Xulu says he has briefed his attorney on the matter and will pursue legal action in the form of defamation.
I have briefed my attorney and they are busy preparing papers for defamation against Mr Moodey, Mr Mahsaba and I am considering going for the entire City Power board because they are being complicit, they know the truth but they are quiet about it. I am waiting for the papers, they have been drafted.— Sicelo Xulu, CEO - SAIEE
The Karima Brown Show was unable to reach the DA's John Moodey for a response.
Click on the link below to hear the full interview...