Brian Molefe Eskom

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 03: Eskom CEO Brian Molefe breaks down while talking about his relationship with the Guptas during a media conference where Eskom released its interim financial results on November 03, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Molefe defended Eskom’s deal with Tegeta, a Gupta owned company, saying that allegations levelled against him in Thuli Madonsela’s “state capture” report are unfounded. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Lucky Nxumalo)

Ex-Eskom CEO Brian Molefe STILL hasn’t paid back R10 million

The High Court in Pretoria recently ruled that Brian Molefe needed to pay back millions he unduly received when he stepped down as Eskom CEO

Brian Molefe Eskom

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 03: Eskom CEO Brian Molefe breaks down while talking about his relationship with the Guptas during a media conference where Eskom released its interim financial results on November 03, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Molefe defended Eskom’s deal with Tegeta, a Gupta owned company, saying that allegations levelled against him in Thuli Madonsela’s “state capture” report are unfounded. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Lucky Nxumalo)

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is accused of using delaying tactics to avoid paying back the nearly R10 million he unduly received after stepping down from the utility.

The High Court in Pretoria recently ordered Molefe to return the more than R9.9 million he received from Eskom Pension and Provident Fund. Molefe was ordered to pay the money, plus interest, within 10 days. But according to News24, the fund learnt on Wednesday that Molefe intends appealing the ruling.

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When Brian Molefe appeared before the State Capture Commission last year, he defended his generous package from Eskom, despite having only been there a relatively short period.

After his unforgettable resignation at the utility in December 2016, Molefe scored around R30 million in pension benefits – despite having only been there a year and a half.

As to how the post came about, Molefe claimed then Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown approached him in 2015 to ask if he would be interested in heading the utility, which was going through a difficult time. He told the commission that he had been offered a permanent post at the utility. However Brown then back tracked and offered him a five-year contract, to which Molefe objected. The board then came up with a solution – Molefe, then 49 would serve until he is 54, but receive nine more years’ worth of retirement benefits.

Molefe is one of several people whom, along with former president Jacob Zuma, are accused of enabling the looting of state funds and resources by the Guptas. The family formerly owned the Optimum mine which supplied coal to Eskom – securing billions of rands in contracts.

Madonsela released her report in October 2016. The report included cellphone evidence which not only revealed that Molefe had made dozens of phone calls to Ajay Gupta – the oldest Gupta brother, but also placed him at the family’s home in Saxonwold, Johannesburg – at least 19 times between August 2015 and March 2016.