The Democratic Alliance (DA) party has cautioned the Public Protector to spend her valuable time on ensuring that the office that she now leads functions at an optimum level and quit worrying about Eskom CEO’s resignation being a great loss to South Africa.
DA said it’s worrisome that the Public Protector has seen it fit to enter the arena on the subject of Brian Molefe’s resignation from Eskom.
The opposition party’s outrage follows the reports that the Public Protector offered her view about Eskom CEO’s resignation saying he will be a great loss to South Africa and that no one should be regarded as guilty on the basis of the State of Capture report compiled by her predecessor.
DA pointed out that the State Capture report indicated that Molefe was in a cozy relationship with the Guptas saying:
“It is equally clear that they chatted an inordinate amount on the phone and that the Guptas managed to close deals with Eskom that benefitted them greatly, while the interests of Eskom were not placed at the forefront.
Mr Molefe has not denied any of the matters raised in the report, save to suggest that he might have been spending time in the now notorious, but as yet unidentified, Saxonwold Shebeen.
This is not an issue with which the PP should be busying herself, bearing in mind the staggering workload of her newly occupied office.
It is also unclear why the new PP should find it necessary to leap to the defense of Mr Molefe. Whether or not she regards him as an asset, or whether she has confidence in the report essentially produced by members of her staff, is not something she should be debating in the public arena.”
With the above, the DA counseled the Public Protector to devote her time towards ensuring that her office functions at an optimum level and that its functions are carried out without fear, favor or prejudice.
Meanwhile, the EFF welcomed the Eskom CEO’s resignation as “a step forward in cleansing state institutions of all who are linked to the Zupta criminal syndicate.”
The Fighters demanded of the board of Eskom to follow Molefe’s example and resign.