Molefe still a Reserve Force “specialist”


Brian Molefe is no longer an honorary colonel but remains a Reserve Force “specialist”.

Molefe’s term as honorary colonel of Johannesburg-headquartered Andrew Mlangeni Regiment (formerly the SA Irish Regiment) expired Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer, SA Army Reserves Chief, told defenceWeb.

The man State-owned power utility Eskom now wants to pay back millions apparently illegally diverted is a former chief executive of Eskom. He is one of 12 people Eskom filed papers against last month seeking recovery of R3,8 billion it alleges was lost in what is termed “shoddy deals”. More than two years ago he was ordered to pay Eskom R11 million he received in a pension settlement.

The last known instance where Molefe’s expertise as a Reserve Force specialist, in his instance involving finance, was used happened in 2017. His call-up from 23 August to 17 November of that year was in the light of his being “an officer in control of the audit section of the Reserve Force pool of specialists” Department of Defence (DoD) head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini said at the time. He was, according to the most senior communications staff member in Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s department, not paid for the three-week call-up.

Explaining the “pool of specialists” concept Dlamini said: “The SANDF (SA National Defence Force) created a special dispensation in 1994 aimed at transforming the Reserve Force leader group whereby selected senior ex-Non Statutory Force members were incorporated into the SANDF. Their allocated rank was based on seniority and military experience while in exile”.