Brian Molefe File picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/Independent Media

Johannesburg - Political parties are outraged by the Eskom board’s decision to reinstate former Eskom boss Brain Molefe.

The EFF has labelled the decision as “illegal and corrupt” and based solely on advancing the interests of the Gupta family.

While ACDP said the decision was scandalous especially because of the findings contained in the Public Protector’s State of Capture Report, which linked Molefe to the Gupta’s.

The Eskom board took the decision this week after it failed to agree on an amount to be paid out to Molefe after he resigned n November last year.

It was reported a few weeks ago, that the board planned to give Molefe a R30 million pay out for early retirement.

However, the Minister of Public Enterprise Lynne Brown told the board to reconsider the amount, leading to the board’s decision to bring back Molefe.

Molefe has now resigned as a member of Parliament and will be back at Eskom on Monday.

The EFF said it was consulting its legal counsel and will approach the courts to stop what it calls “the madness”.

It said the fact that Molefe resigned, means proper processes to appointment a new CEO had to be followed and he could not just be reinstated.

“The EFF will not allow this and will fight to the end to return the rule of law in our country against all manner of kleptocracy in our government,” said the EFF in a statement.

The ACDP has called for a Parliament Ad Hoc Committee to be urgently established to investigate corporate governance at Eskom.

Cope said Molefe’s appointment proved that the Gupta’s were firmly in charge of the country.

It said Brown had the duty to explain Molefe’s reappointment and to stop him from resuming his duties on Monday.

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