ANC says Molefe must not return as Eskom boss

ANC says Molefe must not return as Eskom boss

The Department of Public Enterprises and Eskom are yet to formally respond to the call by the ANC's National Executive Committee, to rescind the re-appointment of Brian Molefe as CEO.

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ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the NEC wants Minister Lynne Brown to resolve this matter before it goes to court.

The ANC says the government must not allow Molefe to return as CEO of the power utility. 

Molefe is mired in allegations of state capture, with his close relationship with the Gupta family detailed in the Public Protector¹s state of capture report.

The party also rejected the notion of a R30m golden handshake for Molefe, upon his apparent retirement.

"The NEC re-affirmed that the decision to re-appoint comrade Brian Molefe to Eskom be recinded and not to wait for the courts to direct them in this regard," he says.

Mantashe adds that government encourages judicial over-reach when it fails to lead when it should.

Last week, Minister Brown appeared before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, where she was asked several times if she was pushed to re-appoint Molefe.

Brown told parliament that she "did not receive any instructions" in this regard.

Molefe left Eskom under a cloud following the release of the Public Protector's State of Capture report at the end of last year. 

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