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Solidarity2ANA reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday laid criminal charges against former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane over the R30-million pension awarded to Molefe when he left the state-owned power utility.  

“The charges focus specifically on fraud because Mr Ngubane and Mr Molefe designed an unlawful scheme to enrich Mr Molefe.  It goes down to a classical definition of fraud,” Solidarity chief executive Dirk Hermann told journalists at the Garsfontein police station in Pretoria.  He went on to say:  “We are also looking at other charges under different acts of South Africa.  What we have seen here is unlawful enrichment of an individual, which is not acceptable.”  Last month, the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the embattled Molefe was not entitled to any pension benefits from Eskom, also ruling that within 10 days he had to pay back the money he already received, which amounted to R11m of the total R30m pension payout.  The court found that Molefe “was never entitled to receive any pension benefits from the Eskom pension fund, and any payments made in lieu of such benefits were patently unlawful.”  Molefe is appealing the judgment.

Read Solidarity’s press statement at Solidarity online

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