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eskomMail and Guardian reports that Brian Molefe on Wednesday argued that he remains the CE of Eskom because he resigned and retired at the same time — or he never left Eskom at all.  

Trade union Solidarity and the Democratic Alliance (DA) argued in the High Court in Pretoria that Molefe should repay the part of a R30m golden handshake already paid out to him under the guise of an early retirement.  They took less than a combined hour to make their interlinked cases, which were extensively covered on paper.  Molefe’s two senior counsel advocates, however, had much more to say in argument, some of it slightly odd.  Since late in 2016, Molefe has been considered to have resigned from Eskom under a cloud, then said to have actually retired, then returned to the job, only to be fired from it.  But in fact he both retired and resigned at the same time, his lawyer Arnold Subel told the court.  Because resigning and retiring were not mutually exclusive, Subel said, there might have been a “classic misunderstanding” by the likes of the public and by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown that Molefe had not been due a retirement package, but nothing that a court should take notice of.

  • Read this report by Phillip de Wet in full at M&G
  • Read too, Molefe’s lawyer: 'He resigned, if you want to use that word', at Fin24
  • And also, Molefe claims rejected R30-m pension means he never really left Eskom, at Daily Maverick
  • As well as, Brian Molefe says he never left Eskom, at The Citizen

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