Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe loses bid to get job back

Lawrence Kim
April 17, 2018

He explained that when he joined the pension fund an amount of more than R4m, belonging to him, was transferred from the Transnet pension fund into Eskom's pension fund. Molefe said in addition he was required to make contributions to the Eskom pension fund while he worked there.

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has to pay back the money given to him and won't get his job back after the Pretoria High Court dismissed his application for leave to appeal with costs‚ on Tuesday.

Molefe maintained the court had erred in finding that he had resigned and that his departure was unrelated to the early retirement agreement he concluded with Eskom.

He had been in his position since September 2015, but news of the massive pension payout only emerged after his reappointment in May 2017.

In January, the court found that as an employee with a five-year fixed term contract, Molefe had not been entitled to receive any pension benefit, that any payments made to him were patently unlawful and that he had voluntarily resigned at the end of 2016.

His application will be opposed by the DA, EFF and labour union Solidarity.

"[Tuesday] is merely Molefe's attempt to postpone the inevitable".

If his appeal is unsuccessful, Molefe will be liable to pay the R11m as per the earlier court order and will also have to pay Solidarity's legal costs as per the January ruling.

Molefe's second appointed was rescinded by the Eskom board after the entity, and former Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown, came under fire from opposition parties and lawmakers in Parliament.

Eskom Executive Support Manager Anton Minnaar had attempted to justify Molefe's pension windfall, telling Parliament's inquiry into state capture that the former executive had helped defeat load shedding.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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