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gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe will have to pay back the pension money afforded him and will not get his job back after the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday dismissed his application for leave to appeal a previous judgment.  

Molefe wanted the court to overturn a January ruling by the full bench of the court that ordered him to repay R11m in pension payments, which had been unlawfully made to him by the Eskom Pension Fund.  In January, the court described the R30m early-retirement deal entered into by Eskom and Molefe as a "deliberate scheme" concocted after he resigned from Eskom in 2016, as he was never entitled to the benefits because he had been in Eskom’s employ for only 18 months.  As part of his appeal, Molefe also unsuccessfully sought to challenge a ruling that he had indeed initially resigned as Eskom CEO and that his subsequent reinstatement had been unlawful.  Anton van der Bijl of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices said they were elated by the judgment, as it meant their arguments had held water in court.  Van der Bijl added that Solidarity’s costs, for which Molefe might have to foot the bill, could amount to as much as R1m.

  • Read this report by Claudi Mailovich at BusinessLive
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement at Solidarity News
  • Read too, Court refuses Brian Molefe leave to appeal pension payout ruling, at The Citizen
  • And also, Judges took just two minutes to refuse Brian Molefe leave to appeal, at IOL News

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