WATCH: Brian Molefe denies state capture allegations

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Brian Molefe is no longer the head of Eskom.

Brian Molefe is no longer the head of Eskom.

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Brian Molefe is no longer the head of Eskom.

Brian Molefe is no longer the head of Eskom.

CAPE TOWN - After five hours of testimony to Parliament, former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe admitted having phone contact with the Gupta family and knowing of the power utility’s deal with Trillian, but maintained that he had no direct knowledge of corruption.

Molefe claimed he had been removed from the business side of operations in order to focus on ending load-shedding during his 15 months at the helm of Eskom.

He told MPs to raise questions about specific contracts and payments with suspended chief financial officer Anoj Singh.

WATCH: Brian Molefe testifies at state capture hearing

Molefe initially denied knowledge of Eskom’s agreement with Trillian Capital Holdings, which lacked National Treasury approval, but nonetheless saw the company earn some R600-million as a subsidiary of global consultancy firm McKinsey.

As his testimony dragged into the night, Molefe similarly refused to be cornered about about a guarantee Eskom arranged for the Gupta family’s Tegeta Exploration to help it buy the Optimum coal mine.