Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Photo: GCIS

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Brown studying Molefe’s labour court challenge

CAPE TOWN, June 5 – Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is studying court documents filed by Brian Molefe to challenge his dismissal as CEO of Eskom, her office said on Monday.

“We have received Mr Molefe’s documents. Minister’s Brown’s legal team is studying it,” her spokesman Colin Cruywagen said.

Molefe has approached the labour court after Brown last week instructed the Eskom board to rescind his controversial re-appointment at the helm of the power utility.

Khulani Qoma, the spokesman for the Eskom board, said Molefe served papers both on the minister and the board. The latter had also not yet filed answering submissions to the court.

“Papers were served on us on Saturday.

“Our answering papers are not finalised so I do not know yet what the trajectory of the board’s response is going to be.”

In the meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance said it would immediately oppose Molefe’s labour court challenge.

“We intend to intervene in the Labour Court proceedings at once,” said James Selfe, the chairman of the party’s federal executive.

“Mr Molefe’s Labour Court case is based on the belief that his reappointment to Eskom on 11 May 2017 was a rational decision for the Eskom Board to make, but the DA contends that it was certainly not.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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