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Decision to bring former ANC MP, Brian Molefe, back to Eskom 'reckless': ANC

MAY 12, 2017
Decision to bring former ANC MP, Brian Molefe, back to Eskom 'reckless': ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday condemned what it termed the "unfortunate and reckless decision" taken by the Board of Directors of Eskom to reinstate former Brian Molefe as Chief Executive Officer of the energy utility.

Molofe was deployed to Parliament by the party following his unceremonious departure from Eskom last year following revelations in the Public Protector's State Capture report that he was too close to the controversial Gupta family. 

"Mr. Molefe left Eskom under a cloud following the release of the Public Protector's report into State Capture late last year," said ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa.

"The report, while still under review, made observations against Mr. Molefe which, at the time, he had deemed serious and significant enough to warrant his resignation.

"Amongst others, he cited the interests of the company, good corporate governance and the interest of the public, as underlying his departure from the utility."

Kodwa said that none of the observations against Molefe, so significant at the time, have been conclusively set aside and Molefe's own commitment to fully clear his name is still pending.

"The decision therefore to reinstate him in his former position without these matters being resolved is tone deaf to the South African public's absolute exasperation and anger at what seems to be government's lackluster and lackadaisical approach to dealing decisively with corruption - perceived or real," he said.

"The African National Congress will seek an engagement with Comrade Lynne Browne, the Minister of Public Enterprises, under whose authority Eskom falls and under whose direction the entity should operate on this matter."

On Friday morning, Parliament confirmed in a brief statement that Molefe had resigned as an ANC Member of Parliament.

"Parliament wishes to confirm the resignation of Mr Brian Molefe as a Member of Parliament effective from Sunday, 14 May," the statement read.

"The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, wishes Mr Molefe well."