Uproar over Molefe’s R30m Eskom payout
Publish date: 20 April 2017
Issue Number: 112
Diary: Legalbrief Forensic
National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) leader Irvin Jim has berated Eskom for its parting payment of R30.1m to former chief executive Brian Molefe‚ saying the parastatal must account for it, according to a TimesLIVE report. It notes Molefe spent only 18 months at the power utility and resigned in November 2016 after former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report revealed his curious relationship with the Gupta family. At the weekend‚ he told the Sunday Times that he had been paid ‘what was due’ to him‚ but refused to give a figure. ‘The board of Eskom and government must account for on what basis would this (amount) be justified. It is shocking because there has been a deepening crisis on all the SOEs (state owned enterprises). We have a weakness in the serious growth of cronyism and corruption ... be it tenders or a particular trend of handshakes that this government has allowed itself to continue with‚’ Jim is quoted as saying yesterday (Wednesday). The report notes Jim added that parastatals had become ‘milking cows for particular individuals who are powerful in the state’. That‚ he said‚ must stop. He said that Numsa wanted all parastatal boards to be reconstituted and said that civil society must be part of them.