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South Africa – former ESKOM boss to become ANC MP for Northern Cape

News24

2017-02-17 16:58

Cape Town – Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe will become a member of parliament.

City Press reporter Andisiwe Makinana tweeted that Molefe will be sworn in as an MP.

Molefe attracted controversy when he was implicated in the Public Protector’s State of Capture report for links to the Gupta family, known to be close to President Jacob Zuma.

Parliament on Friday confirmed that Molefe was nominated to fill a vacancy on the North West list.

Presiding officers will determine when he would be sworn in as a MP, the institution said.

Molefe quit the power utility after a damning report on state capture was released by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

DA says Molefe not fit to be MP
2017-02-17 17:47

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. (Gareth van Zyl, Fin24)

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. (Gareth van Zyl, Fin24)

Cape Town – Former Eskom head Brian Molefe was not fit and proper to be a member of Parliament, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen has said.

This after Parliament on Friday announced that Molefe had been nominated to fill a vacancy on the Northern Cape list of African National Congress MPs.

He has not been sworn in yet.

Steenhuisen on Friday said they were looking forward to reporting Molefe to Parliament’s ethics committee, once he was sworn in.

Molefe resigned from Eskom following former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into state capture, in which he was mentioned numerous times.

“He is going to be a gift to the opposition,” Steenhuisen said.

The DA chief whip also questioned the use of Parliamentary communications to announce an ANC appointment.

“This is unprecedented,” he said.

He said parliament’s new communications head Moloto Mothapo, the former African National Congress caucus spokesperson, had failed his first test.

Congress of the People spokesperson Dennis Bloem said this was confirmation of their suspicions of an imminent cabinet reshuffle.

“This is proof that Zuma is hell-bent on getting his person in. It’s amazing because this is someone who was mentioned in the state capture report, repeatedly.”

He reiterated earlier fears from his party that Molefe would be made finance minister.

Molefe featured extensively in the State of Capture report, which was released following a court order.

The report included damning details on the relationship between Molefe and the controversial Gupta family.

Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of three Gupta brothers, made 58 telephone calls to one another between August 2015 and March 2016, according to the report.