SA Glencore Coal: Do You Know Molefe Helped Guptas To Take Over The Coal Mine?


Just a day after his reinstatement as the CEO of the state power utility Eskom, a report from Ramatlhodi has once again linked Brian Molefe to the influential Gupta family in Glencore coal mine.

In the recent statement released by the former mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, it was alleged that the Eskom boss worked with the utility chairperson Ben Ngubane to help the Gupta business take over the Glencore coal mine in 2016.

According to the former minister, Molefe and Ngubane met with him in 2015 and asked him to suspend all Glencore coal mining licences in South Africa, pending the payment of the R2.17bn penalty.

“I said I’m not going to shut the mines,” Ramatlhodi said, adding that he was concerned that closing the 14 coal mines would have added to the load shedding crisis in the country.

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Though Ramathodi did not go further in explaining what transpired after his refusal, it is believed that it formed part of the reasons why he was moved to public service and administration in 2015.

Ramathodi was removed by President Jacob Zuma shortly afterwards, he was replaced by Mosebenzi Zwane, who allegedly had close ties to the Guptas and who allegedly met with Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg in Zurich to facilitate the sale of the mine to Tegeta.

President Jacob Zuma removed him as mines minister shortly afterwards, moving him to public service and administration in 2015 and then removing him completely from his Cabinet along with former finance minister Pravin Gordhan in March 2017.

Zuma later removed him completely in the recent cabinet reshuffle which also saw the likes of Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas equally removed.

Molefe and Ngubane are set to deliver speeches at the African Utility Week in Cape Town on Tuesday and will engage with media afterwards, where the Guptas will once again come into focus.

Molefe announced his resignation in November last year after he was extensively implicated in the released State capture report which exposed his close ties the Guptas.

He was asked to return to the power utility after the Eskom board members were unable to come to terms with his retirement money.

Meanwhile, Eskom spokesperson Khulani Qoma has reacted to Ramathodi’s statement about the Molefe-Gupta-  Glencore coal mining licences saga.

He questioned the timing of the allegations, saying the Ramathodi made a serious allegation but at the wrong time as Molefe has already returned to the company as the CEO.

“He is making serious allegations, but the timing is where it really gets stuck,” he said on Tuesday.

“If this is a question about morality, why does he have to choose a particular time. It is a convenient matter for him to come now.”

Qoma also said Eskom will find a way to deal with these perceptions as it stands to tarnish the image of the company and the company’s board.

“The State of Capture report prescribes how the issues will be concluded,” he said. “It talks about remedial action, but this has been taken under review.

“A person has to wait for the process to be concluded,” he said. “It doesn’t make it possible for Eskom to have a conclusion of the matter.”

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The South African Communist party (SACP) has, however, vowed not to give up until  Molefe is finally shown the door out of Eskom, saying he is not qualified to head the power utility as his name is not yet cleared from allegations in the state capture report.

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Shouting “Pantsi Eskom Pantsi” as they camped in front of CTICC,  SACP supporters reiterated their call for the Eskom board to review its decision to recall Molefe.

The protesters say Molefe’s return will pave the way for the Guptas and his close allies to continue stealing from poor masses.

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