'Detractors want to blame Eskom's woes on Cyril Ramaphosa'
On Friday, Molefe implied that President Ramphosa had a hand in Eskom’s collapse over the years.
He repeated Matshela Koko’s allegations that Glencore (one of Eskom's main coal suppliers) sold shares to Ramphosa to use his political power to its benefit and to disadvantage the power utility.
Back in 2012, Ramaphosa was appointed chairperson and non-executive director of Optimum coal mine, owned by mining giant Glencore.
EWN's group editor-in-chief Mahlatse Mahlase says Ramaphosa's critics have been emboldened by Molefe's testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry.
Over the weekend, some of Ramaphosa's detractors in the ANC shared an old video of Molefe speaking about Glencore's business dealing's in Parliament.
#BrianMolefe (@BrianMbm1): "People talk about state capture, but if you want to talk about capture properly - substantive capture - you have to go to all those power stations and mines that are close to them, and the contracts between those mines and the power stations...". pic.twitter.com/GGibHE9sti— Carl Niehaus (@niehaus_carl) January 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has denied allegations that he was at the centre of Eskom's downfall.
What Brian Molefe was implying there at the state capture commission was that Glencore was using its position and close ties with President Cyril Ramaphosa to get more money out of Eskom.Mahlatse Mahlase, Group editor-in-chief - Eyewitness News
Over the weekend, some of President Ramaphosa's detractors in the ANC have started distributing a video of Brian Molefe recorded probably around 2017 as he was explaining what was going on there - basically accusing Glencore of putting a gun to his head as they wanted to increase the amount of money that they wanted out of Eskom.Mahlatse Mahlase, Group editor-in-chief - Eyewitness News
He's saying that those close ties [with Ramaphosa] are why Glencore had the muscle to put the gun to his head, as he had put it then.Mahlatse Mahlase, Group editor-in-chief - Eyewitness News
This is part of what we have also been hearing from Matshela Koko, where they want to blame a lot of Eskom's woes on Cyril RamaphosaMahlatse Mahlase, Group editor-in-chief - Eyewitness News
Listen to the discussion on Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto:
Lester Kiewit talks to journalists Stephan Hoffstater and James Oatway, as well as Kele Bojane widow of Rifleman Motsamai Bojane.Read More
Arms Deal Inquiry judges may face allegations which, if substantiated, could lead to their impeachment, says Karyn Maughan.Read More
Police Minister Bheki Cele says he hopes the police forensic services will be functioning normally within 18 months.Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews Nazmeera Moola (Head of SA Investments, Ninety One) as public wage negotiations take a new turn.Read More
Candice Johnson says the vet report shows ducks were fed bread with an unidentified toxin, also eaten by indigenous water birds.Read More
Mandy Wiener interviews Eyewitness News senior politics journalist Tshidi Madia.Read More
Na'eem Jennah, Executive Director at the Afro-Middle East Centre explains the roots of clashes in East Jerusalem.Read More
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga talks about decisions made at the three-day ANC NEC and the impact on the political landscapeRead More
Rehoming Collective's Carlos Mesquita explains why they gave refuge to Table Mountain fire suspect charged with infringing by-law.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Lumkile Mondi, a senior lecturer at Wits School of Economics And Business Science.Read More