Bring back Brian Molefe? Load shedding woes spark debate on Eskom leadership

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.

Molefe stepped down in 2016 amid state capture allegations by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

But he made a brief return to Eskom in 2017 following a legal dispute over his R30 million pension pay-out.

Read: Eskom has been lying to us about operational problems, says energy analyst

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.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Cosatu: Slight unemployment drop 'not enough', concerns about Eskom unbundling

Cosatu: Slight unemployment drop 'not enough', concerns about Eskom unbundling

The unemployment rate has decreased slightly to 27.1% in the fourth quarter.

[LATEST] The aim is to eliminate load shedding by Thursday - Eskom

[LATEST] The aim is to eliminate load shedding by Thursday - Eskom

Eskom's demand management senior general manager Andrew Etzinger gives an update about load shedding.

The president should get rid of Eskom's board and management - caller

The president should get rid of Eskom's board and management - caller

CapeTalk and 702's listeners are not happy with the news that Eskom will launch an audit to establish the country's power crisis.

Could it be time to implement the Independent System Market Operator Bill?

Could it be time to implement the Independent System Market Operator Bill?

Eskom has four of the generators back online and expects another two back today but load shedding will continue at stage 3.

We've pulled it back from stage 4 - Eskom

We've pulled it back from stage 4 - Eskom

Eskom's demand management senior general manager Andrew Etzinger gives an update about load shedding.

Eskom has been lying to us about operational problems, says energy analyst

Eskom has been lying to us about operational problems, says energy analyst

Energy analyst Ted Blom says he doesn't see the power utility surviving past the end of March if the current situation continues.

Eskom announces stage 4 load shedding

Eskom announces stage 4 load shedding

Eskom has announced that stage 4 load shedding will be implemented between 1pm and 10pm today.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Refentse Morake continues breaking cultural barriers through his music

[WATCH] Refentse Morake continues breaking cultural barriers through his music

The singer who says he's 'on the border of being Afrikaans and being African' joined Azania Mosaka for this week's #702Unplugged.

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a debate on whether or not American actor Jussie Smollet faked his own attack.

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[LISTEN] Wife of Vele Investments' Madzonga flatly denies VBS involvement

[LISTEN] Wife of Vele Investments' Madzonga flatly denies VBS involvement

Vele Investments CEO Robert Madzonga's estranged wife Khosi shares her side of the story on the VBS saga.

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stephen van Coller, CEO at EOH Holdings.

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adrian Gore, founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Limited.