Molefe's resignation won't save him from 'state capture' probe - political parties

2016-11-11 16:45
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. (Lerato Sejake, News24)

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. (Lerato Sejake, News24)

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Cape Town - Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's resignation did not mean an escape from the consequences that might arise from the Public Protector's State of Capture report, political parties said on Friday.

Molefe resigned following former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report, in which the Eskom CEO was mentioned numerous times.

Congress of the People spokesperson Dennis Bloem said Molefe's resignation could be construed as an admission of guilt.

"We see it as a confession that he is admitting he did something wrong and was captured by the Gupta [family]," he said.

But Molefe should still face the consequences if he was found to be in the wrong, even though had he resigned, Bloem told News24.

Democratic Alliance MP and spokesperson for public enterprises Natasha Mazzone echoed Bloem's sentiments.

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"His resignation does not mean he absolves himself from the criminal charges that might arise from the report, once the inquiry is done," she said.

She had no doubt that the resignation had a great deal to do with the State of Capture report.

Molefe had damaged Eskom's reputation and the party welcomed his resignation, Mazonne said.

"He brought the entity into disrepute. In fact, he brought the whole country into a great deal of disrepute," she said.

She hoped his resignation would lead to stability at Eskom, which was "now in tatters", she said.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa lamented the timing of the resignation.

Damning details

"It is his decision to resign, but I do wish Molefe would have taken advantage of the judicial inquiry to remove the dark cloud that has been hanging over his head since the report was released," he said.

Any chance of Molefe being able to help the inquiry with some of its work, to confirm meetings and documentation, was now gone, he said.

Molefe featured extensively in the report, which was released following a court order.

The report included damning details on the relationship between Molefe and the controversial Gupta family.

Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of three Gupta brothers, made 58 telephone calls to one another between August 2015 and March 2016, according to the report.

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