Eskom board pushed for appointment of Molefe as CEO

The Eskom board urged for the appointment of Brian Molefe as CEO of the company, according to a report in the City Press. Molefe was appointed as CEO of Eskom in September 2015, following an approval from Cabinet. He was subsequently removed from his position in June 2017.

Led by Ben Ngubane, the board reportedly sought to appoint Molefe permanently as soon as possible, just two months into his secondment to the post of CEO. The board also sought legal counsel to justify the appointment of Molefe without considering other candidates for the position. Eskom’s memorandum of incorporation does not require a candidate to be publicly invited to apply for the CEO position, and as a shareholder, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown would have discretion on whether to appoint the preferred candidate.

Ngubane urged Brown to confirm the appointment of Molefe as soon as possible, citing Molefe’s track record and ability to turn around failing businesses. Brown agreed to the extension of Molefe’s secondment, but advised the board to follow acceptable procedure to maintain integrity and withstand scrutiny.

State capture

The appointment of Molefe as Eskom CEO in 2015 has come under scrutiny this week as part of an inquiry into state capture at Eskom. Ex-CEO Tshediso Matona said he did not remember the position being advertised and did not believe that a minister could install a CEO.

The news follows multiple reports of bribery and corruption at Eskom, including the payment of R20 million to an Eskom manager[1] who ensured a tender would be awarded to Tubular Construction Projects.

Other irregularities at the company include dubious hiring policies, unaccounted expenses, and the questionable involvement of government ministers.

Now read: Eskom manager received R20 million for Kusile tender – Report[2]


  1. ^ R20 million to an Eskom manager (
  2. ^ Eskom manager received R20 million for Kusile tender – Report (

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