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newsANA reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and his legal team intend to regroup and ponder their next move after the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday refused them leave to appeal a January decision that ordered Molefe to pay back all money received as part of a payout from the power utility’s pension fund.  

The court also ordered Molefe to pay the costs of the action “including the cost of two counsel who was so employed”.  Molefe’s lawyer, Barry Farber, said it was not a foregone conclusion that Molefe’s next move would be to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal to hear his case.  “We need his instructions, I can’t tell a client what to do,” said Farber.  The lawyer added that Molefe would now abide by the high court’s decision, “but he is not going to pay back that which he does not think he should.  That is something else that needs to be deliberated on and debated.  Surely, he is a law-abiding citizen and he will abide by the court for sure.”  Meanwhile, Solidarity insisted on Tuesday that Molefe has to pay back the R11 at issue immediately, or further action would be instituted.  The trade union’s CE Dirk Hermann said:  “He has to do it [the payment] immediately.  That money is unlawful, it was money meant to enrich him to the detriment of Eskom and the taxpayers.  From a criminal point of view, that also boils down to fraud.”  He added that they had also laid criminal charges against Molefe.  

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