Energy minister wants Necsa CEO's suspension overturned

Tina Joemat-Pettersson has allegedly issued instruction to have Phumzile Tshelane’s suspension overturned.

FILE: Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has allegedly stepped in to have disciplinary charges against the CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) overturned despite sanctioning them just six weeks ago.

The _Mail & Guardian _is reporting that the minister has asked Necsa's board to drop its probe into an alleged payment of R150,000 by Phumzile Tshelane made to the African National Congress (ANC) in January.

Tshelane has reportedly already met with Russian officials about the country's bid to build nuclear power stations in South Africa and Joemat-Pettersson is now acting to protect him.

The minister allegedly issued an instruction to the board to overturn Tshelane's suspension, just a day after it was communicated.

It says she then held a meeting with the board and two special advisors where they were told to reverse the decision.

But after refusing, she instituted the new investigation.

Tshelane has since returned to work but his suspension remains in effect.