Brian Molefe File picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/Independent Media
Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party (SACP), which has complained that the African National Congress (ANC) failed to consult it before nominating former Eskom boss Brian Molefe as a member of parliament, said on Thursday it will discuss the matter at its Central Committee meeting.
"The SACP has noted the swearing-in of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe as an ANC MP today. We will discuss this matter as part of our assessment of the state of the ANC-headed Alliance at our Central Committee meeting starting tomorrow, Friday 24 February," read a statement issued by SACP national spokesman Alex Mashilo.
According to the statement The Central Committee will take into account the views expressed by SACP Moses Kotane Province in its statement released on Monday, in which it said Molefe’s nomination to Parliament was "problematic and improperly handled".
Molefe reigned from Eskom under a cloud after he was named in the public protector's "State of Capture Report". The damning report said there were numerous calls between Molefe and the Guptas who were later awarded a contract to supply coal to Eskom.
Responding to the allegations of impropriety Molefe broke down in tears at a press briefing where he insisted he did nothing wrong. He resigned soon after that.
“I have, in the interests of good corporate governance, decided to leave my employ at Eskom from January 1 2017," Molefe said in November last year.
On Thursday Molefe was sworn in as an MP amid questions about which branch of the ANC he belonged to. At least two ANC branches have claimed him as their member in good standing.
He was said to belong to the Oom Gov Mbeki ANC branch in Hartbeespoort Dam in the Madibeng sub-region, but there were also claims he belonged to a branch in Irene, Pretoria.
The meeting will end on Sunday.
African News Agency