The African National Congress (ANC) has ordered Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and the Eskom board to rescind Brian Molefe’s reappointment as CEO of the power producer.
The party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday confirmed its decision to News24 after the ANC’s top six leaders on Monday summoned Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown to Luthuli House, Johannesburg, to discuss the reappointment following widespread public condemnation over the reinstatement.
“We met with Lynne Brown, and all of us present said: ‘Comrades, that decision must be rescinded’,” Mantashe said.
According to the report, Mantashe said the ruling party’s leaders had warned that the matter would likely end up in court. The DA on Monday applied for an urgent interdict to declare Molefe’s reinstatement irrational and unlawful.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the top six leaders on Monday registered their discomfort over Molefe’s return after a dispute relating to the board’s decision to give the disgraced CEO a R30-million pension payout.
Kodwa previously told News24 the national leaders had decided to refer the controversial reappointment to government to resolve.