DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance (DA) will lay charges against Eskom CEO Brian Molefe following his resignation, the party said on Friday.

Molefe resigned following former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report, in which he was mentioned numerous times.

"The DA welcomes today's decision by [Molefe] to resign in the face of most serious revelations against him by the Public Protector," DA MP and spokesperson for public enterprises Natasha Mazzone said in a statement.

Mazzone said the party would lay charges against Molefe in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act.

She said the party had requested Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises to summon Molefe as a matter of urgency about his relationship with the Gupta family.

"It is suspicious that he has resigned after we began the process of getting him to come clean under oath in Parliament."

She said Molefe's resignation could be seen as an admission of guilt.

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.