19 February 2017
The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is dismayed that former Eskom Chief Executive Officer who was linked to the controversial Gupta family in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture Report has been nominated to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the North West Province.
In the State of Capture Report, Madonsela revealed that Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the Gupta brothers exchanged 58 telephone conversations between August 2015 and March 2016. Cellphone records secured by Madonsela also located Molefe at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg, compound 19 times between August 5 and November 17, 2015.
The allusion to an improper relationship between Molefe and the Guptas also link him to the manipulation of an Optima mine coal supply agreement that saw the power utility silently awarding a R564 million contract to Tegeta, a company owned by the Gupta Family and President Zuma’s son Duduzane.
Although the allegations contained in the Report are yet to be tested in a court of law, FEDUSA believes that they make Molefe a highly compromised individual who should be cleared before being appointed to such a constitutionally important institution as Parliament.