The crisis at Eskom has left South Africans torn over how to rescue the beleaguered power utility.
Load-shedding woes have ignited calls on social media for the return of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.
Brian Molefe was trending on Twitter for some parts of Tuesday as a result of the nostalgia and debate over his leadership.
Many Twitter uses echoed the sentiments that Molefe "kept the lights on", while others claimed that this was achieved through corruption and by wastefully burning billions of rands in diesel.
Gayton McKenzie and Mzwanele Manyi are among the politicians who weighed in to the debate, as well as journalists including Barney Mthombothi and Ferial Haffajee.
In the interest of South Africa, ESKOM should bring back— Mzwanele Manyi #VoteATM2019 (@MzwaneleManyi) February 12, 2019
* Brian Molefe
* Koko Matshela
* The recently retrenched engineers.
Factional battles should not be at the detriment of the country. https://t.co/OhFvkCLAqV
Claim: At least Capture Inc. (Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko et al) kept the lights on.— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) February 12, 2019
Fact: They burnt diesel (very expensive) and rode up debt to over R400-billion to make as if they were keeping the lights on.
Beware tweeting liars and chimera politics.
Remember when Eskom staff welcomed Brian Molefe back at Megawatt? They knew something good about him but the media didn't want him. pic.twitter.com/eSpFWujTD2— uSkhosana kaMhlanga (@SkhosanaThemba) February 12, 2019
It boggles the mind of THINKING people how Brian Molefe is suddenly a hero to so many, WITHOUT considering that HE and his ilk enabled the Guptas to take millions out of our country and rendered us all sufferers now!— Margareth C (@Parma2mbn) February 12, 2019
#LoadShedding Where's Brian Molefe when we need him?— Barney Mthombothi (@mthombothi) February 12, 2019
Dear bickering South Africans. Brian Molefe is the REASON we have this loadshedding right now. Him and the Guptas. And Lynne Brown. I know we're all grumpy. But seriously. Let's not be grumpy and silly, too. Thank you #Stage3— Allison MacDonald (@AllyMacDee) February 12, 2019
I wonder if Lynne Brown, Brian Molefe, @koko_matshela, Anoj Singh et al all have generators at home?— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) February 12, 2019
No matter his flaws, Brian Molefe is the best black CEO in the country and he managed affairs at Eskom very well.— TebogoMbedzi (@TebogoMbedzi) February 12, 2019
People who claim Brian Molefe did a good job at Eskom are the same ones that called Tom Moyane the trillion man. The devil is in the details— Themb'nkosi Sithole (@tm_professor) February 12, 2019
How do you expect any business 2 succeed which is still locked into contracts of sixty years ago, Eskom will never succeed, Brian Molefe was dealing with those grandpa contracts before he was chopped.— Gayton McKenzie (@G_XCON) February 11, 2019
Ntate Brian Molefe was captured, brilliant as he is, he was captured 😎— Siphamandla Ntokozo Mbatha (@Ntokozo_Shandu) February 12, 2019
I miss Brian Molefe pic.twitter.com/xtk6R2y2g7— Fighter Mthetho (@Mthetho87870826) February 12, 2019
Brian Molefe was NOT a hero!— uhmm ok Trev (@LyttonMzimela) February 12, 2019
We're in this situation because of him and Matshela Koko. Burned R2B worth of Diesel everyday to keep the lights ON, whilst creating a R400B future debt at ESKOM. Disgraceful. #Loadshedding
Brian Molefe is NOT a hero. STOP the madness #EskomLoadshedding— Thato Nchocho (@Tha2jay) February 12, 2019