[UPDATE as at 4:20pm: Minister Lynne Brown will no longer attend the meeting as she has been summoned to court]

The DA has been granted its request to have Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown and Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe, appear before Parliament to account for the controversies surrounding Molefe’s recent return to the company.

The Acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Daphne Rantho, this morning agreed to the request and Brown and Molefe will be appearing before it this Friday.

“At this meeting, the DA will push for a firm commitment that a full-scale parliamentary inquiry be instituted urgently. We will directly request Minister Lynne Brown, and the Eskom Board to voluntarily submit to a full-scale Parliamentary inquiry, as it is the only mechanism that can truly hold Eskom to account and uncover how Brian Molefe came to be returned to Eskom,” said DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone.

The DA does not believe that Brown or the power utility Board’s Chair, Ben Ngubane can leave Parliament on Friday without agreeing to a such a full-scale investigation.

The party said it will also directly call on the ANC members of the committee to support it in its call.

“The ANC has in recent days made much of their opposition to Molefe’s return to Eskom, yet hypocritically it is the very ANC policy of cadre deployment and cadre re-deployment that has resulted in this fiasco. If the ANC is serious about opposing what is going on at Eskom it will support our call for a Parliamentary inquiry,” Mazzone said.

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