Eskom board chairman Ben Ngubane has responded to the allegations levelled against him and CEO Brian Molefe regarding the sale of the Optimum mine, saying they are preposterous.
Former Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi claims Molefe and Ngubane tried to push him to blackmail resources giant Glenore to ensure a Gupta company could take control of the mine.
An article published by amaBhungane revealed that Ngubane was directly linked to the purchasing of Optimum mine by the Gupta family.
These claims have stirred the ire of the Democratic Alliance who state that a full parliamentary probe should occur into the matter
Ngubane says the claims are false.
“We can’t instruct a minister on what to do. We take our problems to ministers and ask for help. Now for a minister to claim that we made him take a decision on something is preposterous.”
Ngubane, along with Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, was supposed to speak at the African Utility Week conference, however all three failed to show-up.
The damning allegations could see an increased civic attention on Eskom’s dealings in all fields.