The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its disapproval of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s swearing-in as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP).
DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier, said Molefe’s swearing-in was a disgrace and is a major escalation in the civil war within the ANC and the battle for control of National Treasury, being driven by President Jacob Zuma
“We cannot be sure but it will presumably not be long before Brain Molefe is appointed to the finance committee to serve time before being appointed as the deputy-minister of finance with a view to controlling the R1.8 trillion managed by the Public Investment Corporation,” said Maynier.
Maynier also said they fear the predicament which will follow in South Africa if Molefe gets a position in the finance family.
This follows after speculations that ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was redeployed from the Finance Committee to make way for Molefe.
“The fact is that appointing Brian Molefe to any position in the ‘finance family’ presents a clear-and-present danger to the institutional independence of National Treasury and will be bad for South Africa,” he said.
“The Guptas will be delighted because, if the State of Capture report is anything to go by, and Brian Molefe is eventually appointed to a position in the ‘finance family’, they will finally have National Treasury, the Public Investment Corporation and South African Airways on ‘speed dial’,” Maynier added.
Molefe was on Thursday morning in the Speakers office, sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament
Molefe was said to be nominated by the ANC in North West, however it has been controversial as branch leaders in Hartbeespoort have questioned whether he is a member or not.
The official announcement is expected to be made when the National Assembly sits on Thursday afternoon.