ANC Tells Zuma Government to Reverse Molefe Return as Eskom CEO
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress told President Jacob Zuma’s government that it should rescind a decision to reappoint Brian Molefe as the chief executive officer of the state power utility, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., party Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said.
ANC officials told the government of their position at a meeting Monday attended by Zuma, Mantashe said by phone from Johannesburg. The ANC previously condemned the reappointment of Molefe, who resigned as head of Eskom in November after a graft probe questioned his conduct.
“They should look into that; ideally they should reverse that decision,” Mantashe said on Tuesday. “We are hoping that they are starting on it immediately.”
The Public Protector found in a report last year that Molefe favored the Gupta family, which is in business with Zuma’s son, by awarding coal-supply contracts and helping them buy Optimum Coal Holdings Ltd. He and Eskom denied wrongdoing, with Molefe crying in a Nov. 3 briefing.