FORMER Eskom head Brian Molefe was not fit and proper to
be a member of Parliament, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen has
This after Parliament announced today that Molefe had
been nominated to fill a vacancy on the Northern Cape list of ANC MPs.
He has not been sworn in yet.
Steenhuisen on Friday said they were looking forward to
reporting Molefe to Parliament’s ethics committee, once he was sworn in.
Molefe resigned from Eskom following former Public
Protector Thuli Madonsela's report into state capture, in which he was
mentioned numerous times.
“He is going to be a gift to the opposition,” Steenhuisen
The DA chief whip also questioned the use of
Parliamentary communications to announce an ANC appointment.
“This is unprecedented,” he said.
He said parliament’s new communications head Moloto
Mothapo, the former ANC caucus spokesperson, had failed his first test.
Cope spokesman Dennis Bloem said this was confirmation of
their suspicions of an imminent cabinet reshuffle.
“This is proof that Zuma is hell-bent on getting his
person in. It’s amazing because this is someone who was mentioned in the state
capture report, repeatedly.”
He reiterated earlier fears from his party that Molefe
would be made finance minister.
Molefe featured extensively in the State of Capture
report, which was released following a court order.
The report included damning details on the relationship
between Molefe and the controversial Gupta family.
Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of three Gupta
brothers, made 58 telephone calls to one another between August 2015 and March
2016, according to the report.