The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that it will lay charges against outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, welcoming his resignation but saying that he must still be brought to justice.
The DA will charge him in terms of the Public Finance Management Act as well as the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Act.
“The DA requested that Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises summons Molefe as a matter of urgency so that he can tell the truth to South Africa about his relationship with the Guptas, under oath,” says DA MP Natasha Mazzone.
The party furthermore notes that the timing of his resignation is suspicious. However, says Mazzone, it is “the first step in recovering Eskom’s damaged integrity”.
Calling Molefe “the first head to roll” as part of the state capture scandal, Mazzone says Molefe was little more than a money-maker for the Gupta and Zuma families.
“The ANC has long trumpeted Molefe as some sort of saviour from load-shedding,” she says, “while all the while Molefe was putting the Gupta and Zuma families in the pound-seat, rather than rescuing Eskom, as exposed by the Public Protector.”
Poking fun at the beleaguered CEO, Mazzone quips that “ if Molefe hosts his farewell party at the Saxonwold Shebeen, he could reveal where its mysterious location lies”.
Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the resignation is a step towards removing “Zupta”-linked individuals in government institutions.
“During his tenure is CEO, Molefe had the audacity to lie to parliament when asked about his relations with the Gupta family,” he says.
The firebrand politician says the EFF subsequently wants the Eskom board to resign, following in it’s “mythomaniac” CEO’s footsteps, opening the way for a board that will work for the people and not “narrow gangsters like Zuma and the Guptas”.