Shocked by the sudden resignation of the Eskom Boss, Brian Molefe, public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lashed out on those pointing accusing fingers at the boss saying he may not be guilty as people presume.
Molefe announced that he would be stepping aside as the Group chief executive of the state-owned power utility, Eskom come January 1, citing the company’s interest as his basis for his decision.
Brian Molefe became the first person to step down after a state Capture report released last week raised allegations of corrupt links between Zuma, ministers, top officials and the Guptas, a wealthy business family.
“I have, in the interest of good corporate governance, decided to leave my employ at Eskom,” said Molefe in a statement, adding he his decision is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Reacting to this, advocate Busisiwe said people should not start accusing those implicated in the state of capture report of being guilty until the matter goes through a judicial process.
“All I can say is that people can lodge judicial review if they’re not happy about the outcome of the report. So that’s the most important thing which I would say to people I don’t think it’s justifiable for us or for people to start criticising or start thinking that people are guilty,” she said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the University of Limpopo student trust fund dinner at the Gallagher Convention Centre yesterday evening, Busisiwe Mkhwebane described Molefe’s leaving as a great loss to the public sector and that she hopes he will be able to serve in other structures.
“I mean honestly it’s a loss for the country.”
There had been mix feelings over the recently announced departure of the Eskom boss. While the likes of Dupuo Letsatsi-Duba- a portfolio committee on Public enterprises – views his resignation as a huge loss to the public sector, a lot more believe its a good step towards eradication of corrupt individuals from the sector.
The EFF and Corruption Watch, for instance, hope that the rest of the Eskom board will follow suit as they believe its a step forward in cleaning up state institutions.
The EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi went on to threaten the board committee saying if they fail to resign, the party will make sure that parliament dissolves them as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has called on people to seek judicial review and not make hasty judgments on those implicate in the report.