ANC orders Eskom board to remove Brain Molefe

( President Zuma and CEO Brian Molefe address the media ) President Jacob Zuma address Eskom staff at Eskom Headquarters in Megawatts, Sunninghill on his monitoring visit to the state owned power utility. 06/05/2016 Kopano Tlape

The African National Congress (ANC) has ordered Eskom board to remove Brian Molefe as CEO of Eskom.

Molefe was reinstated at the power utility after he resigned last year following allegations of his relationship with the Gupta family was brought to the Public.

Allegations against Molefe and Eskom Chairperson Ben Ngubane rose after Former Minister of mineral resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi accused them of pushing him to blackmail resources giant Glencore to ensure a Gupta company could take over Optimum coal mine.

The utility dismissed claims, while political party says Ministers must give substantiation about the relationship between Gupta family and Cabinet members.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Ramatlhodi’s allegations cannot simply be dismissed.

“There’s something that’s been said by a minister who’s been at the coal face of this matter. I think what we’re seeing here is there seems to be willingness among members of ANC and I think we might see this increasing”.

“Those who’ve been shuffled out of Cabinet and center of power because they could not further certain interests. “says Mathekga.

Political commentator Sipho Seepe says the president’s term is coming to an end saying more allegations will emerge.

“You have a president whose term is coming to an end… those who feel they’ve been wrong done by him will be coming out and saying a lot of things.”

Eskom has rejected the claims made against board members, while the Gupta family has no input on the matter.



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