Brian Molefe says his critics will not deter him from executing his duties as a Member of Parliament. He was sworn in last Thursday after the North West Provincial Executive Committee deployed him. Those who criticised his nomination include some ANC leaders.

Molefe has scoffed at suggestions that he has a cloud hanging over his head. Since the announcement by the ANC provincial leadership in the North West about the nomination of Molefe as an MP, there has been criticism within and outside the party’s ranks.

Those who openly voiced their dissatisfaction were leaders of the ANC’s alliance partners. There was also uproar in the National Assembly after Molefe was sworn in last week.

Those opposing him argue that he has a cloud hanging over his head. They were referring to the State of Capture report by former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, which linked him to the wealthy and politically-connected Gupta family.

However, a determined Molefe says for the first time after being sworn in, that he remains resolute.

“If there is a cloud hanging over my head, Advocate Thuli Madonsela should have created an avenue for me to be heard in a fair manner so that the matter can be cleared. But she did not. She rushed to finish a report so that when she leaves the report can be finalised without a single finding. That report does not have findings.”

Molefe also looked determined in his new role.

“A solution is to start thinking and considering a possibility of a bank that is a black-owned bank, a black bank, to deal with issues of the development of African people.”

“What we see here are savings leakages out of black communities where the savings of black people are used elsewhere in the economy and are also stolen through this collusion and so on. Perhaps the time has come for us to talk about a bank that is ours.”

The view by Molefe was also echoed by the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, during his State of the Province Address last week.