Public Protector says Eskom will form part of State Capture review

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her office cannot lodge an inquiry into allegations surrounding the reappointment of Brian Molefe just yet.

Molefe was reinstated to his position as CEO following a dispute about his R30 million pension pay-out.

READ: Reinstating Molefe better than paying him R30m, Minister Brown tells MPs

He resigned last year after the Public Protector's state capture report revealed his relationship with the controversial Gupta family.

Mkhwebane says the latest matter involving Molefe will form part of an ongoing review on the State of Capture report and that outstanding matters are being prioritised.

She explains why they cannot intervene.

The thing is the minister and the board chairperson appeared before parliament and you know the DA has lodged a court application therefore the Public Protector is still focusing on old cases which are dating back three to four years to make sure as an office that we also prioritise them.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, public protector

Therefore the Public Protector decided not to conduct that as an own initiative because at any rate, if we do that the process will still take months.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, public protector

The state of capture review you all know is set down for hearing 24 to 26 of October.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, public protector

The fact of the matter is the matter is being addressed, if DA has taken the matter to court, as the Public Protector, with our capacity constraints we will not be issuing an outcome in a week or two months time so at the end of the day I was happy at least the DA has taken the matter to court and parliament has requested the minister to appear before them. Then we will know the truth whether it is leave, resignation or early retirement.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, public protector

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