The CEO of Eskom cried like a baby on Thursday, when he tried to explain his dealings with the Gupta family, detailed in the Public Protector’s “State of Capture” report.
Cellphone evidence in the report shows Brian Molefe made 58 phone calls to Ajay Gupta — the eldest of the three Gupta brothers — between August 2015 and March 2016.
According to the report, power utility Eskom needed a coal supply for its Arnot Majuba and Hendrina power stations and awarded a contract to Gupta-owned company, Tegeta Resources.
The report said Eskom might have repeatedly broken the law to accommodate Tegeta.
But Molefe says there’s a perfectly good reason why he was in the Gupta’s Saxonwold neighbourhood.
“My cellphone reflects that I was in Saxonwold 14 times I was in the area,” he said.
“There’s a shebeen there, two streets away from the Gupta[s]. I will not admit or deny that I’ve gone to the shebeen. But there is a shebeen there.”
Molefe also said he would take full responsibility and resign if there was any foul play found in Eskom’s coal deals with Tegeta. And yesterday, President Jacob Zuma jetted off to Zimbabwe where he was warmly greeted by President Robert Mugabe for bilateral talks.
Meanwhile, 106 ANC veterans said they were waiting for a response from the party’s leaders over concerns they raised on the ANC’s state.
The anti-apartheid struggle stalwarts said they requested a meeting with Zuma in September.
The veterans, who included Ahmed Kathrada, Rev. Frank Chikane, Cheryl Carolus, Andrew Mlangeni, Sheila Sisulu, Gertrude Shope and Aziz Pahad, held a briefing in Joburg yesterday.
They also presented suggestions for the ANC’s future, titled “For the Sake of Our Future”, sent to the ANC’s top six.
Chikane said: “This is history. There has never been this type of coming together of stalwarts, and indicates the level of concern about the country and the state of the movement.”