Former Eskom CEO, Tshediso Matona, believes he would have been able to successfully end load-shedding during his tenure at the parastatal had he been given the chance.
Matona told Parliament's Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee on Tuesday that the Eskom board suspended him because did not fit into its plans.
He headed the parastatal during a turbulent five months in 2014 marked by power cuts and infighting on the board.
Matona has told MPs probing state capture that he was hit with a suspension letter not long after Minister Lynne Brown appointed new members to the board in December 2014.
“They were appointed in December. From January and February, they were getting down into business”, he said.
Several board members were reportedly linked to the Gupta family.
Matona left the company after receiving a healthy pay-out but he believes that he would have turned the parastatal around if he was given more time.
“We were making steady gains. By the time I left, we had commissioned the first unit of Medupi.”
A new witness will be called when the inquiry resumes on Wednesday.