Brian Molefe

Call him Colonel: Brian Molefe joins the army

Ex-Eskom chief left under a Gupta-shaped cloud. But he has marched into a new, very well paid role with the military despite having no experience.

Brian Molefe

Brian Molefe has been called up to serve as a colonel in the South African army.

He has marched left right left right into the role despite having no professional military background whatsoever.

The former Eskom CEO has been hired as a “specialist” who will assist with “auditing and queries”, according to Defence Force spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini, who added:

“Especially the army uses these specialists when a specific skill is needed that can be found in the Reserve Force.”

Dlamini also claimed that Molefe wasn’t currently called up, despite the City Press and sister publication Rapport having seen the payroll.

It has Molefe registered on 23 August.

But that was backdated to 17 August, in an apparent mission to ensure that first paycheck came through in good time.

He earns R57 000 a month

According to Rapport, who have also seen defence force documents.

Molefe has no military experience

Which is a fact that has unsurprisingly left existing military personnel somewhat miffed with their new, highly-paid comrade.

Molefe was at least appointed to the ceremonial colonel’s role in the SA Irish Unit in 2009.

His duties extended to laying a wreath at the site of the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War in 2014.

Molefe was also called up in 2010, pocketing R4 006 for his time. See, you can learn these things when you rifle through paperwork.

His spells at Eskom and Transnet were controversial

His time at Eskom came to a less ceremonious end in February 2017 after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report.

The findings alleged involvement between Molefe and the controversial Gupta family.

Molefe was also chief executive at Transnet during a time when the Guptas are alleged to have had fraudulent involvement there.

He hit back at the “innuendo” contained in the report while slamming its “improper motive or conduct.”

There were also rumours suggesting he would take up a role in the finance ministry of president Jacob Zuma’s administration.

The 51-year-old has remained tight-lipped about his new role. Must be busy with all that auditing.