DA to pursue Molefe following his resignation amid State of Capture revelations

NOVEMBER 12, 2016

After Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe, announced that he will voluntarily step down from his position with effect from 1 January 2017, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said it welcomed his resignation, but will now pursue charges against him following the "most serious revelations against him by the Public Protector".

"The DA will accordingly be laying charges against Molefe in terms of the PFMA and Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Act," said Natasha Mazzone, the DA's Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises.

Mazzone said that the DA requested that Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises summons Molefe as a matter of urgency so that he can tell the truth to South Africa about his relationship with the Guptas, under oath.

"It is suspicious that he has resigned after we began the process of getting him to come clean under oath in parliament. We furthermore see Molefe’s resignation as the first step in recovering Eskom’s damaged integrity – an important step in the right direction before the sovereign ratings decision at the end of the year," she said.

"Molefe’s is the first head to roll following the explosive ‘State of Capture’ report, in which he was implicated as one of various Zuma allies with ties to the Gupta family.

"The ANC has long trumpeted Molefe as some sort of saviour from load-shedding, while all the while Molefe was putting the Gupta and Zuma families in the pound-seat, rather than rescuing Eskom, as exposed by the Public Protector."

Mazzone said that despite Molefe’s protestations to the contrary, his resignation ‘for the benefit of the public and Eskom’ can be seen in no other light than that of an admission of guilt.

"We further hope that if Molefe hosts his farewell party at the Saxonwold Shebeen, he could reveal where its mysterious location lies," she added.

"The DA will continue to expose the capturers of our state and will ensure accountability for those who are involved in the Zuma-Gupta mafia .

"In line with the binding remedial action of the Public Protector, we trust that the President will soon begin the work of the judicial commission of enquiry into State Capture so that South Africa can know the full truth behind Molefe’s dealings with the Gupta family."

In his resignation, Molefe said that he had "in the interest of good corporate governance, decided to leave my employ at Eskom from 1 January 2017".

“I do so voluntarily: indeed, I wish to pay tribute to the unfailing support I have had since I took the office from the chairman, the board and those with whom it has been my privilege to work with. Together we brought Eskom back from the brink,” Molefe said in a statement issued by Eskom on Friday.

His decision to step down follows the publication by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into alleged state capture.

Molefe said his stepping down is not an act of admission or wrongdoing on his part.

“It is rather what I feel to be the correct thing to do in the interest of the company and good cooperate governance.”

He added that he had not had a chance to respond to Madonsela's findings into the investigations before they were published.

According to Molefe the “observations” made in the report relating to his conduct are in material respects inaccurate, based on part-facts or simply unfounded.

He said he maintains that Madonsela failed to put intended harmful disclosures to him first, as required by law.

“She has effectively deferred my constitutional right to be heard to a future date, and to a further body, which she has ordered others to assemble,” Molefe said, adding that when the time comes he will be able to show that he has done nothing wrong.

Molefe says he will take time off to reflect before deciding on his next career move.

- additional reporting SAnews.gov.za

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