Brian Molefe’s Reappointment: Eskom board has been instructed to rescind Molefe Brian’s reappointment at the public utility with immediate effect.
This development was announced by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and the chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee Minister Michael Masutha in Parliament on Wednesday.
Molefe resigned as Eskom CEO in November 2016 after he was implicated in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report.
He was found to have called the Guptas and their business associates on the telephone over 40 times at a time when Eskom was negotiating a coal deal with a Gupta-linked company.
He was deployed to Parliament and was later reappointed as Eskom boss barely two months after he was ‘pushed’ to Parliament by the African National Congress (ANC).
He was sworn in as ANC member of Parliament for the party’s branch in the North West on February 23, 2017.
Eskom had denied that Molefe resigned from the company, alleging that he was on ‘unpaid leave’ – a claim which differed from several public documents.
Meanwhile, an acting CEO from within the company is expected to be appointed by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown in the next 48 hours.
Also, Eskom board has been instructed to propose potential candidates.
“Collectively looking at the facts and in the interest of the country and good governance, I thus directed the Eskom Board to rescind the decision to reinstate Molefe as Eskom CEO. Due processes must be followed in the filling of the role of Eskom Chief Executive. The board must provide me with two names within the executive (at Eskom) to act as CE. I Intend appointing an acting GCE within the next 48 hours to ensure continuity.”
The African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) strongly condemned Molefe’s return to the public utility.
On Several occasions, Minister Brown was forced to defend her role in the saga of Molefe’s controversial return to head the power utility in Parliament.
She claimed that she learned in April that Molefe did not resign in November but had sought early retirement, hence the reason why Eskom board paid him R30 million in a pension settlement.
- Minister Brown had already directed Eskom board to submit two names for potential candidates to act as CEO.
- Molefe, on Tuesday, said he’s in no way worried about his future at Eskom, saying he doesn’t care if he’s removed or not.
- The inter-ministerial committee (IMC) that ordered his immediate removal was set up last week by President Jacob Zuma following a deadlock on him.
- The committee is led by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, the Honourable Michael Masutha and includes the Ministers of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Energy Nkhensani Kubayi.
- ANC NEC called for his removal during its meeting over the weekend.
- Brian Molefe is a very close friend of the Gupta family. The Guptas are the chief suspects in the capture of state institutions and enterprises.
- Molefe is also implicated in the dodgy Tegeta and Optimum Coal contracts which benefitted the Gupta family directly.
- Brown, Molefe and Eskom had filed notices to oppose the Democratic Alliance’s court application to interdict the strongman’s reappointment.
Following Molefe’s dismissal, the questions on everybody’s lips are: ” Would he still get a payout? What is the status of the decisions he signed off in the week-and-a-half that he was back in the job?