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eskomBusinessLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein in a bid to overturn a ruling that ordered him to repay R11m he received from the power utility’s pension fund.  

In April, the High Court in Pretoria dismissed Molefe’s application for leave to appeal against its January ruling that he pay back part of his "unlawful" pension payout and also the costs for counsel in the legal battle.  The court found he had been unlawfully awarded a R30m early retirement pension benefit by the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund after his resignation from Eskom in 2016.  It also dismissed his application to be reinstated as CEO of Eskom.  Molefe’s fight-back plan includes an argument that the court that heard and dismissed his application for leave to appeal had not been properly constituted.  Molefe is also maintaining an argument made to the court in the past that although he said he had decided to "leave" his employ with Eskom in November 2016, this indicated nothing about his resignation.  Trade union Solidarity, which is one of the five respondents in the matter, said it had instructed its legal team to oppose the petition.  Solidarity added that it would ask for a further cost order against Molefe.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News

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