Just hours ago, it apparently and fully dawned on ANC’s newest MP Molefe Brian that he’s not going to have an easy ride in Parliament.
Brian was sworn in on Thursday morning, replacing Abram Mudau. He equally made his first sitting appearance today but the doleful part of Molefe’s first appearance was about how he tasted a ‘chunk’ of EFF members’ derision.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s announcement that Molefe will replace Abram Mudau drew mixed reactions in the National Assembly.
“The vacancy which occurred in the National Assembly has been filled with effect from 14 February by Mr. Molefe,” Mbete said.
Shortly after the formal announcement of his appointment, the former Eskom boss was booed and labeled corrupt by opposition groups in Parliament.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Sipho Mbatha also interrupted the announcement by saying: “On a point of order Speaker. Where is that corrupt bastard?”
EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu also took exception with the way Mbete announced Molefe’s nomination.
He asked: “Since when does Parliament do political party communication?”
Molefe’s shocking appointment was announced by the ruling party last week, to the disappointment of his critics, who feel the former boss is not fit for any post, having been implicated in Madonsela’s state capture report.
The 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).
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.
ANC insiders also disclosed that the ground is being cleared for the former Eskom boss to replace Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan or at least become his deputy once cabinet reshuffle takes place.
Molefe worked at treasury for eight years in the early years of his career. He began as a director in 1997 and left as a deputy director general for asset liability management in 2003.
He was appointed as the group chief executive of Eskom on October 1, 2015, and resigned last year for being implicated in Madonsela’s state capture report.