Molefe Said to Be Readied by ANC for South Africa Parliament Seat

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is preparing to give Brian Molefe, former chief executive officer of state power company Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., a seat in parliament, according to three party officials.

Brian Molefe

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Molefe will be given a seat from the North West province after one of its members of Parliament resigned, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to comment on the matter. The Sunday Times reported last month that Molefe has been touted as a possible replacement of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who’s been feuding with President Jacob Zuma over the management of state-owned companies and spending on a planned nuclear power program.

Molefe quit Eskom after the nation’s Public Protector accused him in a Nov. 2 report of favoring the Gupta family, which is in business with Zuma’s son, by allegedly handing them coal-supply contracts and helping them buy Optimum Coal Holdings Ltd. Molefe and Eskom deny wrongdoing.

Calls to Molefe’s mobile phone didn’t connect.

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