All eyes on Eskom leadership after Molefe's resignation

Brian Molefe resigned after details of his relationship with the Gupta family was questioned in the State of Capture report.

Brian Molefe looks on after tearing up following a discussion of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's 'State of Capture' report findings during a press conference in Johannesburg on 3 November 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom’s leadership has come under the spotlight again, a year after Brian Molefe was appointed to take over the ailing power utility and turn it around, as he did with Transnet.

Last month, Molefe resigned after details of his relationship with the Gupta family and a coal contract with Tegeta was questioned in the Public Protector's state capture report.

In 2015, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced Molefe’s appointment in an attempt to stabilise.

Molefe's first task was to ensure there'd be no more load shedding, and for well over a year now, there's been no load shedding.

Earlier this year, during an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Molefe said the Guptas were nice people and have been treated unfairly by South Africans.

“It’s a bit unfair to people of colour, without getting facts.”

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That was one of the first indications of his relationship with the controversial family.

In the State of Capture report it emerged that he had been in contact with Ajay Gupta on numerous occasions and awarded the Gupta-owned company Tegeta a multi-million rand contract.

Just before resigning, Molefe told the media he didn't have a chance to explain himself.

“What pains me the most is I never had the opportunity to explain what I’m saying now, to advocate to Thuli Madonsela.”

Matshela Koko is now the acting CEO and he says he'll continue with the work that Molefe started.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)