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Brown to talk to Zuma, Ramaphosa to 'resolve Molefe matter'

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Brown to talk to Zuma, Ramaphosa to 'resolve Molefe matter'

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

17th May 2017

By: News24Wire

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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she will talk to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to resolve the controversial return of Eskom boss Brian Molefe.

Brown was summoned to Luthuli House on Monday and ordered to rescind Molefe's return to the power utility. She met with the party's top six that include Zuma and Ramaphosa.

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"The meeting agreed that the government must resolve the matter. Minister Brown is in discussion with the President and Deputy President on the matter," Brown's spokesperson Colin Cruywagen said.

On Tuesday, African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the ANC leaders at the meeting had agreed that Brown should reverse the decision.

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"We met with Lynne Brown and all of us present said: 'Comrades, that decision must be rescinded,'" Mantashe said.

Mantashe, who backed the ANC statement that labelled Molefe's return "reckless and unfortunate", said Brown was warned that the matter would end up in the courts.

Molefe's return to Eskom, following a short stint in Parliament, has heightened tensions within ANC and the alliance.

Last week, ANC policy expert and national executive committee member Joel Netshitenzhe said that Molefe's return to Eskom showed that the party had lost control over its government deployees.

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