22 November 2017

South Africa: Parliament - in a Reality Twisting Performance, Molefe Denies Everything

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A simple answer to a straightforward question turned out to be not quite the thing for former Eskom Chief Executive Brian Molefe. Maintaining he took early retirement, and did not resign as the courts would hear next week, he told the public enterprises State Capture inquiry: "The battle I chose was load shedding". And while Molefe publicly announced his stepping down in the interest of good governance after the public protector's 2016 State of Capture report, on Tuesday night that document was described as "notes" and "observation" - and, without findings "just fresh air". By MARIANNE MERTEN.

"If you make a statement you want to get married, until you appear before the marriage officer, it hasn't happened."

It's a telling analogy from former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to MPs, early into his almost six-hour session. It says that until the formal piece of paper is in the correct folder, anything can be said.

Or as he put it to the inquiry evidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara's questions about that public statement of November 2016 on leaving Eskom in the interest of good governance:

"The media statement, I wrote, but it's not something that would go into my personnel file". Molefe...

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