Reports: Molefe on unpaid leave at Eskom while he was MP

M&G is reporting Minister Lynne Brown and Brian Molefe filed affidavits saying Molefe was on unpaid leave since ‘resigning’ from Eskom last year.

FILE: Brian Molefe speaks during a press conference in Johannesburg on 3 November 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom Chief Executive Officer Brian Molefe and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown have both filed affidavits claiming Molefe was on unpaid leave while he was a Member of Parliament.

The Mail and Guardian is reporting the affidavits were filed in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday in response to the Democratic Alliance’s application to have Molefe removed as head of the power utility.

The now reinstated CEO stepped down following the public protector's state of capture report which showed he had been in regular contact with the Gupta family while they were trying to buy a mine that supplied Eskom with coal.

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He claims in his papers that the Eskom board wanted him to return because of a concern about stabilising leadership and addressing the operational issues it was faced.

Brown and the utility’s board will appear before the portfolio committee on public enterprises tomorrow to answer questions about Molefe's reinstatement.