Newly-sworn in ANC MP Brian Molefe believes former public protector, Thuli Madonsela “trampled” on his rights by publishing a report which had no findings.
The MP said despite Madonsela’s report that he engaged the Guptas, she never gave him an opportunity to either speak for himself or clear his name.
He explained that the former Public Protector also failed to give him the platform to interact with some of the witnesses who appeared before Madonsela to give evidence.
According to him, his major concern “is that people are jumping on the bandwagon and throwing petrol on the fire”.
Molefe resigned from his post at Eskom late last year after being fingered in Madonsela’s State of Capture Report.
Madonsela’s report found that the former boss communicated regularly with one of the Gupta brothers and had visited the controversial family’s compound in Saxonworld 19 times, while they were negotiating to buy a coal mine.
Molefe’s comeback as an MP was not only seemingly pushed through at branch level but was also announced with much fanfare. The new MP earned the support of ANC structures including the MKMVA, the ANCWL and ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
The African National Congress (ANC) reportedly redeployed ANC MP Makhosi Khoza from Parliament finance committee to the public service and administration portfolio committee to pave way for Molefe.
He was finally sworn in last week despite the widely reported fact that the former Eskom boss is not a member of a specified branch in the North West province.
There are speculations that Molefe could also join cabinet once President Zuma makes a reshuffle. Although Zuma has refuted the claims, reliable sources in the party insist that the move is inevitable.
The former Eskom CEO was given a cold shoulder last week when he made his first Parliamentary appearance. Shortly after Speaker Baleka Mbete officially announced his appointment to Parliament, EFF MP Moses Dlamini hurled insults by saying “On a point of order Speaker. Where is that corrupt bastard?”
Apparently, the newly sworn in MP won’t be having an easy in Parliament – not even now that the EFF and DA believe he’s not fit for the position.