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Parly committee gives Eskom 14 days to hand over documents on Molefe

Ngubane was hard pressed to convince the committee that Molefe’s reappointment was legal, saying the decision was based on the best legal advice.

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

CAPE TOWN – Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee says it will be giving Eskom 14 days to hand over documents which it will use to base its inquiry into the rehiring of Brian Molefe as Eskom Chief Executive Officer.

After questioning both Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane on Tuesday, acting committee chairperson Zukiswa Rantho said she still believed Molefe’s reappointment was illegal.

Rantho has not ruled out extending the committee’s inquiry into other burning issues related to coal contracts and other procurement matters at the power utility.

Ngubane was hard pressed to convince the committee that Molefe’s reappointment was legal, saying the decision was based on the best legal advice available.

“We are not a bunch of idiots. We just want to be called board members of Eskom. We are just there to work, so please just give us the benefit of the doubt.”

Minister Lynne Brown used governance regulations to argue her way out of accountability for Molefe’s rehiring, saying these rules did not require her to be privy to the employment contract.

But acting committee chairperson Rantho still had her doubts.

“The committee is very much concerned about the process that has taken place.”

Rantho says the committee will take legal advice on who it can subpoena to shed more light on the controversial reappointment.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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