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State capture: Brian Molefe takes aim at Cyril Ramaphosa for Eskom's problems

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on Friday took aim at President Cyril Ramaphosa, blaming him for having been part of the problems the state-owned power utility faces today.

“When I arrived at Eskom, a de facto board had been established outside the company in the form of a war room in the presidency,” he said.

“Management had to report to this war room every Friday at 7am.

“When I got there, the biggest activity taking place at Eskom was reporting to the war room. From Wednesday we must start preparing for the war room report to make sure they are ready by 7am on Friday. It was an untenable situation.

“What is even more strange is that members of the legitimate and legal board of Eskom were not seeing those war room reports. It gets better because the [then] deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, was chairperson of the war room

“He was, in fact, the de facto chairperson of Eskom and de facto chairperson of a de facto board that was outside the company.”

Molefe said what made the situation worse was that Ramaphosa was also chairperson of Glencore, which wanted R8bn “unjustly transferred” to it by Eskom.

“When the Glencore deal was done in 2012 and he bought shares, he was made chairperson. In 2014 he became deputy president of the country and chairperson of the war room.

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