Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and Ajay Gupta called each other 58 times between August last year and March‚ according to Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report.

And between August 5 and November 17‚ 2015‚ cell phone records place Molefe in the Saxonwold area — the suburb where the Guptas have a compound — 19 times.

Molefe emerges as a central figure in Madonsela’s report‚ being mentioned 70 times. The former public protector says there were “persistent allegations regarding an alleged cozy relationship between Mr Brian Molefe and the Gupta family”.

Madonsela includes a diagram showing “a distinct line of communication between Mr Molefe of Eskom‚ the Gupta family and directors of their companies in the form of (Oakbay financial director) Ms (Ronica) Ragavan and (Oakbay chief executive) Mr (Nazeem) Howa”.

She adds: “These links cannot be ignored as Mr Molefe did not declare his relationship with the Gupta family.”