Brian Molefe File picture: ANA Pictures

Cape Town – The African National Congress condemns the unfortunate and reckless decision taken by the Board of Directors of Eskom to reinstate Mr Brian Molefe as Chief Executive Officer.

The party said that Molefe left the power utility under a cloud following the release of the Public Protector's report into State Capture.

"The report, while still under review, made observations against Mr Molefe which, at the time, he had deemed serious and significant enough to warrant his resignation. Amongst others, he cited the interests of the company, good corporate governance and the interest of the public, as underlying his departure from the utility.

"None of the observations against Mr Molefe, so significant at the time, have been conclusively set aside and Mr Molefe's own commitment to fully clear his name is still pending. The decision therefore to reinstate him in his former position without these matters being resolved is tone deaf to the South African public's absolute exasperation and anger at what seems to be government's lackluster and lackadaisical approach to dealing decisively with corruption – perceived or real."

The party, in a statement, said it will seek an engagement with Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Browne under whose authority the parastatal falls and under whose direction the entity should operate on this matter.

IOL Adapted from a Press Release