The public shame and embarrassment is getting numbing and unacceptable. The week long feud, only got muted.
Brown made the announcement in Parliament at lunchtime on Wednesday.Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has instructed the board of the South Africa’s power utility Eskom to rescind a decision to reappoint Brian Molefe as chief executive officer.
The decision was taken by the inter-ministerial committee, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, on Wednesday following public outcry over Molefe’s return to the power utility a few weeks ago.
“Collectively looking at the facts and in the interest of the country and good governance, I thus directed the Eskom Board to rescind the decision to reinstate Molefe as Eskom CEO. Due processes must be followed in the filling of the role of Eskom Chief Executive. The board must provide me with two names within the executive (at Eskom) to act as CE. I Intend appointing an acting GCE within the next 48 hours to ensure continuity,” Brown said.
He had resigned from the company in November 2016 last following the release of the Public Protector’s State of Capture report which showed that he had been in constant contact with the Gupta family.
His return was not well received by political party’s and civil society.
Brown was forced to defend her role in the saga of Molefe’s controversial return to head the power utility.
But it was the ANC’s National Executive Committee meeting at the weekend that took that decision that Molefe’s reappointment should be rescinded.
Brown appeared before the Select Committee on Communication and Public Enterprises and conceded that she had “poked my nose into a hornet’s nest at Eskom” when five weeks ago she had instructed the Eskom board to reconsider its proposed pension payout of R30m to Molefe.