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ANC orders Brown to rescind Molefe's return to Eskom

Brian Molefe, who resigned as the utility’s CEO last year following allegations of his connection to the Gupta family, has been reinstated.

FILE: Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has ordered Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and the Eskom board to rescind Brian Molefe’s return to the power utility as its CEO.

Molefe, who resigned as the utility’s CEO last year following allegations of his connection to the Gupta family in the Public Protector's State of Capture report, has now been reinstated.

New allegations emerged in an AmaBhungane exclusive on Eyewitness News against Molefe and Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane that they pressed former Mining Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to blackmail resources giant Glencore to ensure a Gupta company could take over Optimum coal mine.

Eskom has denied these claims but political analysts believe that more former ministers may come forward with allegations about the Gupta family and their relationship with state-owned entities, Cabinet members and President Jacob Zuma.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Ramatlhodi's allegations cannot simply be dismissed.

“There’s something that’s been said by a minister who’s been at the coal face of this matter. I think what we’re seeing here is there seems to be a willingness among members of ANC and I think we might see this increasing. Those who’ve been shuffled out of Cabinet and centre of power because they could not further certain interests.”

Political commentator Sipho Seepe agrees.

“You have a president whose term is coming to an end… those who feel they’ve been wrong done by him will be coming out and saying a lot of things.”

The Gupta family says it's not commenting at this stage, while Eskom has vehemently rejected these allegations.

Read the full investigative report by amaBhungane here.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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