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By Thulani Gqirana
Cape Town – The announcement of Brian Molefe’s swearing in caused an uproar among opposition parties in Parliament on Thursday.
Molefe, who sat quietly while his colleagues showed him how to work the system, was sworn in on Thursday morning as an MP, Speaker Baleka Mbete confirmed in the National Assembly.
“Where is that corrupt bastard?” EFF MP Moses Mbatha shouted when Molefe was introduced.
“We will not be abused by a Gupta,” another MP shouted off mic.
Molefe sat, occasionally twiddling his thumbs, as MPs shouted at him.
Cope MP Deidre Carter was also not impressed.
“Speaker I just want to know if true North has changed in this house. Because the immorality compass is pointing directly at honourable Molefe right now,” she said.
Unprecedented hostile reception in Parliament for the Gupta Ambassador and now MP Brian Molefe. What a complete gift for opposition!
— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) February 23, 2017
EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu raised concerns that the parliamentary communication service was used to announce Molefe’s nomination.
The party had written a letter to the Speaker asking for an explanation for this, he said.
The Speaker said the letter had not been dealt with yet.
Straight to work for MP Brian Molefe
By Thulani Gqirana
Cape Town – It was straight to work for newly sworn in African National Congress MP Brian Molefe on Thursday.
The former Eskom CEO was sworn in to fill a vacancy on the ANC North West parliamentary benches, ending weeks of speculation that he was headed for the legislative authority.
ANC caucus spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli confirmed that Molefe was sworn in on Thursday morning, and had headed straight to the caucus meeting.
Plot twist: Stefano Dimera cloned Brian Molefe and deployed the double to North West.
Also turned diamonds into pistachio nuts in Gupta bag
— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) February 21, 2017
“He was welcomed by the ANC caucus today and will be deployed to a relevant committee,” she said.
In November, when an emotional Molefe resigned from Eskom, he said he would take time off to reflect on his next career move.
His resignation followed the release of the Public Protector’s report on state capture allegations‚ in which Molefe featured extensively.
Speaker Baleka Mbete is expected to make an official announcement during the sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday. – News24