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Parliament to probe Eskom

Energy

Parliament - Parliament has agreed to launch a full-scale inquiry into Eskom including its coal contracts with Tegeta and other companies and the reappointment of Brian Molefe into the position of CEO.

Members of the portfolio committee on public enterprises told Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Eskom Board members at a special meeting on Tuesday they were not convinced by the reasons to rehire Molefe.

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Brown had told the committee she believed the reappointment was legal and based on the legal advice she received.

However, she said the court will make a determination on the legality after the opposition parties to her to court.

Parties in Parliament accused Brown and the Eskom board of using different languages to justify the reinstatement of Molefe.

Brown said she would support an investigation into Eskom.

She believes the decision taken by Eskom was sound.

“When Eskom board approached me to inform me of its decision to bring Mr Molefe back, I said I would support it on the proviso that it was legal,” she said.

She said this is what she did and she stands by that decision unless it is overturned by the court.

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Moss Tseli of the ANC questioned whether the decision would stand legal scrutiny in court on the basis the decision was illegal.

He said the Eskom board broke the law by rehiring Molefe.

Read Molefe's initial letter.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said it was clear Molefe resigned last year, and nowhere does it say he took early retirement.

“Chairperson, I smell a rat. Brian Molefe was not on leave. He resigned from office,” said Steenhuisen.

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