Eskom CEO defends the Gupta family
Brian Molefe told EWN he's concerned about how the family are being treated by South Africans.
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says the Gupta family has been treated unfairly with no evidence of wrongdoing being presented against them.
During an exclusive wide-ranging interview with Eyewitness News, Molefe defended his statement in February when he referred to the Guptas as "friendly and likeable people".
The controversial family has been accused of state capture by using their ties with President Jacob Zuma to influence decisions over who is appointed to cabinet or other senior positions.
In February, Molefe told 702's John Robbie that the Guptas are a likeable group of people and he doesn't see anything wrong with them. WATCH: Molefe on Eskom, the Guptas and the state of SA.
WATCH: Molefe on Eskom, the Guptas and the state of SA.
The CEO has now told EWN that he's concerned about how the family are being treated by South Africans.
"It's a bit unfair to colour people in a certain colour very quickly without getting facts, even hounding people out of South Africa and closing their bank accounts without an investigation. I don't think South Africans should be known for that."
At the same time, he made it clear that he wouldn't be influenced by the Guptas.
"I think in your heart you know that I wouldn't be."
LISTEN: Molefe praises Pravin Gordhan.
Molefe also says he has not been approached to serve as South Africa's finance minister following speculation, adding that he fully supports Pravin Gordhan.
At the same time, Molefe says while he would never be influenced by the Guptas, he believes if the family has done wrong, a proper investigation should take place without them being cast out by South Africans.
He initially used humour when answering a question about whether he'd consider the position of finance minister.
"Are you offering me the job? Because if you were, I was going to warn you that the last time somebody did something like that they were hounded out of the country and their bank accounts were closed."
He says concerned about how the Gupta family has been treated in recent months.
"Nobody has come forward and said this is the wrong that has been done, it's the absence of anybody showing the wrong that has been done.
Molefe says the Guptas are innocent until proven guilty.