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Molefe: Madonsela state capture report was not finished properly

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe testified on Tuesday night in a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of state capture at Eskom.

FILE: Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has told Members of Parliament (MPs) that former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was in a rush to finalise her report which found he was in close contact with the Guptas during his tenure.

Molefe testified on Tuesday night in a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of state capture at Eskom.

Lawmakers spent around five hours quizzing Molefe about Madonsela's report, his relationship with the Guptas and his R30 million pension package.

Madonsela's State of Capture report revealed Molefe made 44 calls to Ajay Gupta between August 2015 and March 2016. It also showed that he visited Saxonwold, where the Gupta family reside, on a number of occasions.

This happened around the time a Gupta-owned company had been preparing to buy Optimum Coal.

But Molefe is highly critical of Madonsela's report, claiming it lacks detail, contains alleged irregularities and does not reflect his side of the story.

“That process was not finished. The Public Protector says these matters must be investigated further. That matter was not finished. She was in a hurry to finish this report. It was not finished properly. I don’t understand why she did not allow the new Public Protector to finish the investigation.”

Molefe told Parliament's Public Enterprises portfolio committee that he does not regard her "observations" as findings.

He insists that he has never been influenced by the Guptas.

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