THE Congress of the People have called on Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown to intervene and stop the R30-million handshake reported given to disgraced former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.
Molefe has since been sworn in as a Member of Parliament representing the ANC. In a statement, Cope national spokesman Dennis Bloem said corruption in the ANC was something to be rewarded. He pointed out how Molefe was fingered by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her State of Capture report as having visited the Gupta family home in Saxonwold.
Molefe resigned from Eskom 18 months after taking the reigns at the power utility with much speculation he would be the next finance minister. “Mr Jacob Zuma’s plans to appointing him as the finance minister was blocked by senior ANC officials such as the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize,” Bloem said.
He said Cope expected Brown to act immediately, failing to do so, the party would approach law enforcement agencies to force the minister to reverse the payment. “It is an absolute disgrace and disregard for this country’s rule of law that after only 18 months as CEO at Eskom, Brian Molefe is awarded such a massive golden handshake – R30 million,” Bloem said. He said Molefe should immediately pay back the money.