- The former public protector accused Molefe of lying about his visits to the Guptas
- He did not use the opportunity to clear his name but instead chose to attack Madonsela's report
- The judicial inquiry into state capture has taken too long according to the former public protector
The former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called Molefe a blatant liar. The former Eskom CEO is currently surrounded by allegations of state capture.
Briefly.co.za learned that Molefe had an opportunity to clear the air regarding his involvement in any wrongdoing while he was CEO of Eskom when he gave his testimony at parliaments portfolio committee in public enterprises.
The citizen.co.za reported that the committee is currently investigating state capture at the power utility. Molefe gave a 5-hour long testimony in which he attempted to dismiss Madonsela's report into state capture as "just fresh air".
He criticised the report as being rushed and incomplete, which Madonsela confirmed to some degree.
“Concerns that the report was rushed and is incomplete are fair. The report points that out itself,” Madonsela explained.
The former CEO conceded to have been in phone contact with the Guptas but only in regards to the quality of coal supplied by the family's mines.
Madonsela dismisses these claims and says that the evidence paints a different picture,
“For example, the evidence that Molefe was in Saxonwold is based on triangulated cellphone signals and the Gupta security register.
“While still on lies, Mr Molefe should know the power of technology in strengthening forensic investigations. Cellphones and TV don’t lie. The evidence against him is on both phones and don’t lie. This includes lies told post-state capture investigation about the circumstances of his resignation, or retirement, from Eskom.” On live television, Molefe admitted to being in Saxonwold and then pointed to a “shebeen being there”, Madonsela revealed.
When Molefe was originally confronted with the evidence of his meetings at the Gupta residence he dismissed the allegations and said that he had been visiting a shebeen in the area. He had not said anything earlier because he wanted to avoid an argument with his wife.
Molefe had complained that he had not been given a chance to tell his side of the story. Mandonsela countered that he was not accused of anything at that point but only presented with the evidence as it was found. He had the opportunity at the media briefing and now at the inquiry to clear his name but chose not to.
Madonsela had recommended in his 'State of Capture' report that a judicial inquiry into state capture should be launched which would clear those who are innocent but currently implicated.
She said that the inquiry has taken far to long to start and if Molefe wants to blame someone for being discredited he should blame Zuma for delaying the inquiry.
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