People on social media are of the opinion that Brian Molefe’s reinstatement was carefully orchestrated by the ANC and its members.
Spokesperson for Eskom board Khulani Qoma has confirmed Molefe will be returning to his old job as the head of the electricity parastatal on Monday. This was followed by the Eskom board’s decision to revoke his application for early retirement last year.
Molefe resigned as the CEO of the parastatal last year November after the board could not agree with him on a mutually beneficial pension proposal. He then took on the role of being an ANC member of parliament.
Barely three months into his new role as an MP, Molefe will be returning to Eskom despite the public protector’s state capture report implicating him in alleged corrupt tender deals involving the Guptas.
“The decision therefore to reinstate him in his former position without these matters being resolved is tone deaf to the South African public’s absolute exasperation and anger at what seems to be government’s lacklustre and lackadaisical approach to dealing decisively with corruption, perceived or real,” the ANC said in a statement on Friday.
On Twitter, the sentiment was largely negative, with some people not ‘buying’ into the ANC’s statement
— Bra Hloni (@HonourableHloni) May 12, 2017
— Kingmaker???? (@MogaleMokoena) May 12, 2017
— KG (@kgaoza4life) May 12, 2017
Brian Molefe to resign as MP and going back to Eskom on Monday. South Africa Alive with Impossibilities… #Eskom
— Sakhele Malunga (@SakheleMalunga) May 12, 2017
— Mapoese Mampshika (@M_poeMampshika) May 12, 2017
— Katy Katopodis (@KatyKatopodis) May 12, 2017
— Simon Grindrod (@SimonPGrindrod) May 12, 2017
DA leader Mmusi Maimane doesn’t seem to be too happy about Brian’s reinstatement either.
“Brian Molefe should not be CEO of anything, nor should he be an MP, he is no honorable or fit/proper, he must face criminal charges,” he tweeted.
Brian Molefe should not be CEO of anything, nor should he be an MP, he is no honourable or fit/proper, he must face criminal charges.
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) May 12, 2017