Solidarity adamant Molefe must face consequences

25 January 2018 - 16:48 By Sipho Mabena
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. File photo.
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. File photo.
Image: Esa Alexander

Embattled former Eskom boss Brian Molefe cannot simply pay back the more than R11-million of his R30-million retirement payout that he has already received and go on with his life.

Trade union Solidarity is adamant that he must face consequences for his “fraudulent actions”.

A full bench of the High court in Pretoria made a scathing ruling against Molefe‚ finding that former public protector Thuli Madonsela's “damning” State of Capture report could not be ignored and would hang over Molefe until he was cleared'

Judge Elias Matojane’s judgment‚ confirmed by Judge Hans Fabricius and Judge Segopotje Mphahlele‚ was unrelenting: “The allegations are highly relevant to (Molefe’s) suitability to be reinstated as (Group) CEO. They are the dead weight that he must carry till he is cleared.”

The judgment also rubbished Molefe’s assertion that he never resigned but took an early pension.

The decision of the board of Eskom to accept Molefe’s early retirement was reviewed and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to appoint Molefe as GCEO were set aside.

Solidarity’s chief executive‚ Dirk Hermann‚ said this was only beginning of trouble for Molefe as they were now pursuing criminal charges against him for possible corruption.

He said they have since briefed their lawyers to compile comprehensive representations to the Hawks because the National Prosecuting Authority had submitted under oath that the pension saga will be investigated by the Hawks.

“We think that unlawful behaviour must have consequences…He cannot simply pay the money. The DPP then indicated in their answering affidavit that the Hawks will investigate alleged corruption by Molefe‚ also by other senior officials of Eskom and pension fund‚” Hermann said.