Brian Molefe Eskom

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 03: Eskom CEO Brian Molefe breaks down while talking about his relationship with the Guptas during a media conference where Eskom released its interim financial results on November 03, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Molefe defended Eskom’s deal with Tegeta, a Gupta owned company, saying that allegations levelled against him in Thuli Madonsela’s “state capture” report are unfounded. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Lucky Nxumalo)

State Capture: Brian Molefe’s Eskom-related evidence in limbo?

Several members of the EFF have been wondering when former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe will return to the State Capture Commission

Brian Molefe Eskom

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 03: Eskom CEO Brian Molefe breaks down while talking about his relationship with the Guptas during a media conference where Eskom released its interim financial results on November 03, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Molefe defended Eskom’s deal with Tegeta, a Gupta owned company, saying that allegations levelled against him in Thuli Madonsela’s “state capture” report are unfounded. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Lucky Nxumalo)

It remains to be seen when exactly former Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Molefe will be heading back to the State Capture Commission to finish giving his testimony on the embattled power utility.

Back in January 2021, Molefe took the stand and did not hold back – even implicating President Cyril Ramaphosa in corruption at Eskom. However, the commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, was forced to pump the brakes on Molefe’s explosive testimony when he learnt he had come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Molefe had said there was a conflict of interest on Ramaphosa’s part, as he had been appointed chairperson of government’s Eskom war room while at the same time, being a shareholder at Glencore, which does work with the state-owned entity.

“When the Glencore deal was done in 2012 and he bought shares, he was made chairperson. In 2014 he became deputy president of the country and chairperson of the war room,” he said.

“One would have expected that, as corporate governance requires, there must be a cooling off period. He is a person who has been saying we must renegotiate effectively a R8bn move and becomes the de facto chairperson of Eskom”

In light of Molefe’s testimony related to his tumultuous tenure at the utility, there are now questions as to whether or not he will get to conclude his evidence. This has even piqued the interest of several Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs, including Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

“When is Brian Molefe completing his Eskom related evidence? He’s asked to come back to conclude. Why are you ignoring him?,” Shivambu said in response to a tweet from the State Capture Commission.

Brian Molefe served summons to appear before State Capture Commission

While the former Eskom executive is returning to the State Capture Commission quite soon, this time it will have nothing to do with the SOE. According to reports, he will be give evidence and answer questions relating to his tenure as Transnet CEO between 2011 and 2015.

TimesLive has cited Molefe’s lawyer who said: “It appears that they will be focusing on Transnet-related issues. They have said nothing about Eskom-related issues. We will engage the secretariat in this regard after our consultation with senior counsel which will happen soon.”