Brian Molefe return to Eskom is another example of how President Jacob Zuma has gone rogue on the ANC.

Ben Ngubane, Eskom chairperson (who is close to the president), reinstated Molefe.

The ANC leadership is in some sort of crisis after a midnight cabinet reshuffle by president Zuma led to the axing of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.

Three of the party’s top six executives (ANC Deputy President, Treasurer General and Secretary General) spoke out publicly against the president’s actions.

The party has once again gone public on its opposition to Molefe’s reappointment.

 The African National Congress condemned the unfortunate and reckless decision taken by the Board of Directors of Eskom to reinstate Mr Brian Molefe as Chief Executive Officer of the energy utility.
Molefe was strongly rumoured to take over from Pravin Gordhan but strong refusal from the country made the president to opt for Gigaba.

Zuma could not leave Molefe marooned on the parliamentary backbenchers and Ngubane has now helped engineer his return to Eskom.

The ANC said that Mr Molefe left Eskom under a cloud following the release of the public protector’s report into state capture late last year. The report, while still under review, made observations against Mr Molefe which, at the time, he had deemed serious and significant enough to warrant his resignation.

The ruling party said that none of the observations against Mr Molefe, so significant at the time, have been conclusively set aside and Mr Molefe’s own commitment to fully clear his name is still pending.