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gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe wants to appeal against a damning court ruling that he must pay back the lump sum of over R10.3m of a R30.1 million pension he received. 

On Tuesday, he filed an application for leave to appeal with the High Court in Pretoria against the 25 January ruling by a full bench, giving him ten days to pay back the money.  The court had found that as an employee with a five year fixed term contract, Molefe had not been entitled to receive any pension benefit, that any payments made to him were patently unlawful and that he had voluntarily resigned at the end of 2016.  Trade union Solidarity’s chief executive Dirk Hermann said they would definitely oppose Molefe’s application, which they regarded as a delaying tactic to avoid having to repay the money.  “He ought to be ashamed, ask the country for forgiveness and repay the money unlawfully paid to him.  However, he is doing the exact opposite by trying to defend what the court has already found to be indefensible,” Hermann said.  Solitary said it would continue with a submitted to the Hawks to assist them with the criminal investigation against Molefe.

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