Molefe must pay back pension millions, court orders

A court ordered Brian Molefe on Thursday to pay back all the pension pay-outs made to him. A full bench of judges found against Molefe and set aside the pension agreement.

The former Eskom chief executive was also ordered to pay costs.

The ruling comes after trade union Solidarity approached the High Court to declare his controversial pension award of around R30-million, as well as more than R10-million already paid out to Molefe, unlawful.

According to Anton van der Bijl, head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices, Solidarity searched for justice on the matter and sought on order that obliged Molefe to pay back all pension pay-outs made to him and benefits granted to him.

Molefe briefly returned as chief executive of Eskom on May 15 after the scandal around his pension emerged, but was removed again two weeks later when Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown ordered the board to reverse his reinstatement.
Molefe later challenged this decision when he filed Labour Court papers against the board and Brown. Political parties and Solidarity then filed a consolidated court application to challenge Eskom’s decisions to reappoint Molefe as chief executive, as well as the approval of his R30-million pension pay-out.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown also filed explanatory affidavits last year, but she did not challenge the relief sought by the applicants.

In the affidavit, Brown said that a letter from former Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane, regarding Molefe’s retirement package, never reached her.

Molefe and other Eskom executives were also grilled in Parliament at the inquiry into state capture at Eskom about Molefe’s pension bonanza.

Also when Eskom announced its annual results last year, it stated in the notes to its financial statements that the R30-million that Molefe received as an early retirement benefit would only be refunded to the company pursuant to a court order. – News24



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