Cabinet Reshuffle: Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe Tipped For Top Post


Eskom ex-CEO Brian Molefe has been tipped for a top cabinet position.

Growing reports making the rounds say the request to include Molefe’s name as an MP was made by the North West ANC.

Insiders related that the aim of the move is to prepare him for a cabinet position and also hand over the position of the finance minister to him once President Zuma reshuffles his cabinet.

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President Jacob Zuma is expected to reshuffle his cabinet immediately after the State of the Nation Address (SONA), which is scheduled to hold on February 9.

If the report is anything to go by, Molefe will be taking up the top post alongside President Zuma’s ex-spouse, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is also set to grab a spot in the cabinet.

As confirmed by top ANC officials, AU chairperson Dlamini-Zuma’s appointment will hopefully pave the way for her to be elected as a successor to Zuma.

In the meantime, Molefe’s appointment is being handled by ANC top officials at the Luthuli House.

North West provincial secretary Dakota Legoete told reporters: “From time to time we review lists and assess our strengths and weaknesses. Brian is a citizen of this country and a resident of our province.

Him having announced his exit from Eskom and so excellently executed his mandate, we are of the view that he, and other cadres we are engaging, can contribute immensely to the strengthening and deepening of democracy in our province.”

The former controversial CEO has also earned the support of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). The League’s president Collen Maine welcomed Brain’s appointment and described him as an epitome of ‘black excellence’.

Brian Molefe Implicated As One Of The Guptas’ Puppets

In November 2016, Molefe announced his resignation as Eskom CEO with effect from the end of December after the State of Capture report named him as one of the Gupta family’s puppets.

The report indicated that Molefe and Atul Gupta conversed on the phone 58 times in six months and that he repeatedly visited the Guptas in their Saxonwold mansion.

But a tearful Molefe denied the claims at an Eskom media briefing in November. He insisted that he was in Saxonwold to visit a shebeen, not President Jacob Zuma’s friends the Guptas. The “Saxonwold Shebeen” subsequently became the butt of social media jokes, as people have not been able to establish its whereabouts.

A tearful Molefe denies visiting the Gupta family

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday reacted to the report. The DA maintained that Parliament cannot be a dumping ground nor a thank-you playground for the failed loyal Zuma yes men.

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DA spokeswoman Natasha Mazzone explained that “the South African public must be able to have full faith in those who run and manage its SOEs, but most importantly, in the MPs who represent them in Parliament…”

Following the news, South Africans took a good dig at Molefe’s potential political career on the social media on Sunday.

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