eskomMail & Guardian reports that both Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown agree in new affidavits that he never resigned from the state-owned power utility.  

Instead, under a new agreement, he is now formally considered to have been on “unpaid leave” during the period he served as a member of Parliament.  The two on Monday each filed lengthy affidavits in a high court application by the Democratic Alliance that seeks Molefe’s removal from the post of chief executive.  As he had never legally left Eskom’s employ, Molefe says, he had been “legally obliged to continue in my employment”.  Yet elsewhere he also holds that the Eskom board had asked him to return because he was needed.  “The correct position is that my original contract of employment did not come to an end,” Molefe says in his affidavit.  According to Brown’s telling, it took five months for her to learn that Molefe had, in fact, applied for early retirement.  “I was under the impression that this was a case of unilateral resignation and nothing more,” she indicated.

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