Eskom chairperson, Ben Ngubane, dismissed claims that he and reinstated Eskom CEO Brian Molefe pressurised mineral resources minister to help the Guptas take over the Glencore coal mine as “preposterous”.
Addressing members of the media at the African Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town on Tuesday, Ngubane rubbished former mineral resources minister adv. Ngoako Ramatlhodi’s claims, AUW reported in a statement.
“My office told me the minister claims that we forced him – he claims something that is impossible. We cannot tell a minister what to do, we take orders from ministers. We ask for help,” Ngubane said.
“For a minister to now claim that we actually made him take a decision about something is preposterous.” Read more…
Ngubane stands by Molefe
According to AUW press liaison, when asked whether Molefe may possibly be embarrassed given the backlash over the board’s decision to reinstate him, Ngubane dismissed it jokingly.
“Molefe was going to be here but was called to parliament. No, No, Molefe embarrassed? He can feel hurt about things yes, but definitely not scared for meeting.”
Ngubane also shrugged off calls by the ANC for the Eskom board to be dissolved. He made it clear the board serves at the behest of those who appoint it.
“That is an opinion. We are here to serve at government’s pleasure. We made a difference. I am proud of the difference we made. We saved the country from blackouts.”
He also defended Molefe’s reinstatement despite the backlash it evoked saying Molefe should get credit for saving the country from blackouts. Read more…
On his reinstatement he said: “It is going to be for the good. He is going to carry on where he stopped – making electricity affordable for our people.”
Ngubane explained Eskom’s objective is still to lower the cost of electricity in the country by paying back the government guarantees and creating significant cost savings.
“We are going to move forward.”