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First on EWN: I’ve never been asked to be finance minister - Molefe

In an exclusive interview with EWN, the Eskom CEO says he wants to continue in his position.

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.  Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has told Eyewitness News he hasn't been approached to serve as South Africa's finance minister.

In an exclusive, wide ranging interview with EWN , Molefe has indicated that he wants to continue in his position at the power utility for the next few years, despite recent speculation that he could be replaced by embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Newspaper reports have indicated that if Gordhan is arrested, it would result in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Despite denials, there's still anxiety that Gordhan could be arrested in relation to the controversial spy unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) as he and his team battle to keep South Africa's economy from being downgraded.

When asked by EWN what his answer would be, should he be approached to be South Africa's finance minister, Molefe said, "Are you offering me a job? Because if you were, I'd warn you that the last time somebody did something like that they were hounded out of the country and their bank accounts were closed. So, I'd counsel you not to involve yourself in those matters."

On a more serious note, Molefe says he hasn't been approached by President Jacob Zuma.

"He hasn't and he may not. And if he does, I'd rather he hears the response from me and not from Eyewitness News ."

Molefe says he believes Gordhan has been doing a good job and should stay in his position.

He also says he still has a number a projects that he'd like to see through at Eskom.

WATCH: Brian Molefe on Eskom, the Guptas & the state of SA

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