Brian Molefe: When leadership turns rogue

The decision to reinstate Brian Molefe to his role at Eskimo is a sign of deaf and self-serving leadership. While Brian Molefe has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing, the fact that serious allegations of corruption hang over him is reason enough for ethical and responsible leadership to be sensitive and not allow him to return to Eskom until his innocence is proved. Not that Brian Molefe is literally rotten, however, in him lies the embodiment of the current rot in South Africa’s top leadership. 

The Molefe saga is a massive insult to the people of South Africa. If indeed the ANC allows him to retake his position at Eskom, the repercussions will be severe and painful for the party. South Africans are tired of the rot, and this turn of events represents yet another addition to the pile of nonsense the people of South Africa have had to deal with over the last few years. 

That Brian Molefe made it to parliament on an ANC ticket was shocking enough. How could a party grappling with the ongoing debacle into corruption, Nkandla-gate, and broken oaths of office allow itself to be dragged into the muddy world of Molefe’s dealings at Eskom? While Mr Molefe has not yet been found guilty of any wrong doing, a responsible party would have never allowed Molefe anywhere near parliament until his name was cleared. 

Yet because Zuma had grandiose plans for Mr Molefe, he was fast-tracked into parliament. When the intended coronation to the Treasury failed, now Brian is heading back where his name lies in muddy allegations of corruption and corporate misdemeanours- Eskom.

That a man with serious allegations of corruption hanging over him can walk into the highest legislative house in the country and walk straight out, and back to one of the highest paid state executive jobs is representative of the rot in the highest echelons of power. In a country where millions of honest people can’t event get into a job that pays a decent wage, Brian Molefe, a man with serious questions hanging over his integrity has gone full circle from a multimillion rand job, to parliament, and back to the same multimillion rand job! 

How insulting! 

Whatever your political affiliation, DA, EFF, UDM, IFP, and even ANC supporters, all must surely see the horror in this. Such disregard for what people strongly resent is why South Africans from all walks of life must pull together and resist unethical leadership that is eroding the state of its administrative and moral capacity. 

The Brian Molefe saga epitomises South African national leadership in 2017. Rotten. Rotten to the core. Lynn Brown has come out and praised Molefe for the turnaround job he did at Eskom. The issue is not one of capability. It is one of alleged serious corruption. Furthermore, is South Africa that much short of capable leadership that Brian Molefe must be reinstated at whatever moral and political cost? Maybe he is!  Why else would top national leadership allow this to happen? 

As Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng eloquently put it, “Ethical leadership is not an option but a national imperative.” In a country where leadership appears to take serious allegations of corruption as political gamesmanship, a space has been opened for rampant corruption to exist side by side with top leadership. 

This is leadership turned rogue.  

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