Former Eskom boss Molefe Brian Molefe’s swift and dramatic deployment to Parliament as ANC North West MP has continued to stir up controversies in the country.
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.
Worst of all, a growing report by City Press revealed that the African National Congress (ANC) compelled Abram Madua, an ANC MP in the North West to resign in order to give way to Molefe Brian.
The ANC also went ahead to shut down claims that Molefe is not a member of the ANC in the North West. The party’s leadership rather insisted that Molefe is a card holding member of the Hartebeespoort Dam branch.
On the contrary, Madibeng municipality’s Ward 29 branch secretary Christina Mululu told reporters that Molefe is not a member of the branch and that the branch didn’t nominate him for Parliament.
Reports had it that the ANC ordered Mudau to resign from the position immediately it became known that Molefe was heading to Parliament.
Mudau, refuted the claims, stating that the ANC didn’t force him to sign post-dated resignation letters, as alleged. He insisted that he “stepped down voluntarily” due to injuries sustained during a 2013 brawl in Tlokwe.
Meanwhile, Molefe Brian will be sworn in as an ANC MP in the North West on Wednesday. His appointment has since been acknowledged by Parliament in a statement.
“Parliament wishes to acknowledge the nomination of Mr. Brian Molefe, to fill a vacancy on the North West list of ANC Members of Parliament, which is depleted. Presiding Officers of Parliament will determine a date for swearing him in as a Member of Parliament,” the statement read.
Molefe’s comeback as an MP was not only seemingly pushed through at branch level but announced with much fanfare. The new MP has also earned the support of ANC structures including the MKMVA, the ANCWL and ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
Weighing in, the North West ANC general secretary Dakota Legoete said the province believes in Molefe.
“We have confidence in his capabilities and abilities and hope he will make a positive contribution ensuring we have a better South Africa,” he said.
However, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) thinks otherwise. Fedusa rather believes that Molefe’s appointment could fortify state capture efforts, and may eventually see him being appointed as the finance minister or the deputy.
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 insisted that the move is inevitable. His ex-spouse cum female presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has also been tipped as one of Zuma’s preferred candidate for the move.
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 report.