Former mineral resources minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has accused Eskom CE Brian Molefe and chairman Ben Ngubane of helping the Gupta family "hijack" a coal mine. The explosive allegations were revealed on Tuesday by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism and published by Eyewitness News. The allegations surface a day after Molefe resumed his job as CEO of the electricity utility after a dispute over his multi-million rand "golden handshake". Ramatlhodi told amaBhungane that he was pressured into effectively blackmailing Glencore‚ owner of the Optimum coal mine that supplied coal to Eskom’s Hendrina power station. Optimum was placed under business rescue after Molefe reportedly refused to renegotiate a coal supply contract and imposed a R2bn penalty against the company. SA was experiencing load shedding at the time. Ramatlhodi said he resisted pressure to suspend the company’s mining licences and soon afterwards was removed as minister and replaced by Mosebenzi Zwane. Esk...

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