Eskom’s Molefe features extensively in state capture report
In an interview with the Public Protector, Ajay Gupta confirmed that he was very good friends with Eskom head Brian Molefe.
JOHANNESBURG - The State of Capture report has found that Eskom helped the Guptas put the Optimum coal mine out of business, that its CEO Brian Molefe was in regular contact with the family, and that President Jacob Zuma may have broken the law by failing to investigate the claims made by Vytjie Mentor, Themba Maseko and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.
The report has been scathing of Eskom.
Molefe features extensively in this report and his close relationship with the Guptas has emerged as one of the big outcome of this investigation.
In an interview with the Public Protector Ajay Gupta confirmed that he’s very good friends with Molefe.
The report found the board of Eskom was improperly appointed, certain conflicts arose and the Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown took no action to prevent these conflicts.
The report also shows how investigators used cellphone records to illustrate with diagrams the numerous times Molefe visited his friends, the Guptas, in Saxonwold.
Between 2 August 2015 and 22 March 2016, Molefe called Ajay Gupta 44 times and Gupta called Molefe 14 times.
Eskom has denied any wrongdoing.
Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says everything the parastatal has done has been above board.
“I’m not sure about those calls as to what the conversation was about. But whatever it was I’m sure it was something related to our business and making sure we do get enough coal to avoid load shedding for the winter.”
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)