JOHANNESBURG – Ousted Eskom boss Brian Molefe will hear on Thursday whether his controversial R30 million golden handshake passed muster in court. The Pretoria High Court is set to rule on the alleged illegal payments the former Eskom CEO had received in December 2016 after he first tearfully resigned.
This came after trade union Solidarity approached the High Court on November 29, 2017 to declare that his controversial pension award of around R30 million, as well as more than R10 million already paid out to Molefe, unlawful.
Solidarity searched for justice on the matter and sought an order that obliged Molefe to pay back all pension pay-outs made to him and benefits that were granted to him, that is according to Anton van der Bijl, head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices.
“Molefe acted unlawfully and in no way within the framework of Eskom’s pension ad provident fund, and that is why it would please us if the court rules on Thursday that Molefe is to be held lliable for it in his personal capacity,” said Van der Bijl.
Molefe made a brief return as CEO of Eskom on May 15 after the scandal around his pension emerged, but was soon removed again two weeks later when Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown orders the board to reverse his reinstatement, which Molefe later challenged, filing Labour Court papers against the board.
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