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Molefe ordered to pay back golden handshake

Embattled former Eskom boss Brain Molefe’s golden handshake got revolting when the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday ordered him to pay back the cash.

The ruling was pronounced by Judge Elias Matojane.

When he left the power utility, the former CEO was granted R30 million golden handshake.

In 2016, Eskom paid Molefe R11 million as part of the money.

On Thursday, the court gave Molefe 10 days to pay back the alleged ill-gotten gain.

Molefe was also ordered to by an estimated R2 million in legal fees.

Trade union Solidarity joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other opposition parties as they approached the High Court in November 2017 with an application to have the payout proclaimed as unlawful.

The DA said it respects the judgment passed on by the Court, requesting Molefe to pay back the R11 million pension pay-out he got from Eskom.

DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe said the decision is another dooming arraignment on the Minister Brown as it was under her supervision that Molefe nearly escaped with stripping Eskom’s pension fund.

Molefe left Eskom under a cloud of controversy following corruption allegations.

He was one of the architect of the capture of Eskom. He does not deserve a single cent of taxpayers’ money,” said Selfe.

The DA further welcomes the court’s findings that the pension agreement between Eskom and Molefe was invalid and that the power utility’s decision to grant Molefe a pension set aside.

Selfe said this ruling is not the end of Molefe’s worries, saying the DA has in the past laid criminal charges against him and it is now time for the National Prosecuting Authority to step up and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.

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