The African National Congress has spoken out against the decision by the Eskom board to reinstate Brian Molefe as the CEO of the energy parastatal.
In a statement released earlier today, the ANC has expressed that the decision shows an unwillingness by the power utility to deal with allegations of corruption within the company.
Molefe resigned from his role last year when the Public Protector’s report on State Capture seemingly aligned him with the infamous Gupta family.
“The report, while still under review, made observations against Mr. Molefe which he had deemed serious and significant enough to warrant his resignation”, explains the ANC statement. “None of the observations against Mr. Molefe have been conclusively set aside.”
The party’s stance is that Eskom’s move is both tone-deaf of South African anti-corruption climate and of the process of law.
The Eskom board’s spokesperson, Khulani Qoma, said that this decision came after the throwback from the so-called ‘Golden handshake’ paid out to Molefe upon his resignation.
Qoma adds that the decision to rehire Molefe was mutually agreed upon by the board and the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown.
“He is a recipient of the board’s decision”, explained Qoma. “The board had to negotiate with him to actually come back”.
Molefe has since resigned as a member of parliament.