Brown and Eskom board appearing in Parliament to answer on Molefe reappointment

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After postponing last week’s appearance before the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown will be in Parliament this week to explain Brian Molefe’s return to Eskom.

Brown was meant to appear together with Molefe, but had to postpone to see to other commitments. The DA had asked the Public Enterprises Committee to ask Brown, Molefe and the Eskom board to explain why the controversial CEO had returned, less than six months after heading to Parliament to be an MP.

The DA has asked the secretary committee, Disang Mocumi, to ensure that the power utility and Brown bring the following crucial reports and documents to the meeting tomorrow:

  • Minutes from Eskom’s board meetings related to the reappointment of Molefe as CEO
  • Molefe’s original contract of employment, in addition to his current contract of reappointment
  • The letter from the board instructing Molefe’s R30 million “golden handshake”
  • The letter from Brown giving the Eskom board the go-ahead to reappoint Molefe as CEO

“There has been a complete breakdown of good governance at Eskom, and Minister Brown’s seeming indifference to the capture of Eskom by the Zuma-Gupta mafia corruption ring has gone on for too long. It is becoming clear that Eskom is in crisis,” said DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone.

“The DA has called for a full parliamentary inquiry into Eskom, and the DA believes that this inquiry must proceed urgently. Eskom has become a haven for the politically-compromised as they loot and plunder our country’s public coffers,” she said.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30am tomorrow.