Eskom’s resigned, retired and reinstated chief executive Brian Molefe has flipped the script on his exit once again, now saying that he never resigned from the company, and his leaving the company was a misunderstanding.
In an answering affidavit submitted by Molefe in response to the DA’s case seeking to have him removed, the embattled CEO said that he did not resign, but instead took early retirement.
However, a “fundamental mistake” by the Eskom board was that Molefe did not qualify for early retirement, and so all the processes that followed were not valid. As such, the board had no choice but to rescind on the action, making Molefe’s contract with the power utility still in effect.
To explain away the period of three months that Molefe was absent, the board, Molefe and public enterprises minister Lynne Brown have agreed to say that the Eskom chief was on “unpaid leave”.
However, even in this agreement, the parties cannot get their story straight, the Mail & Guardian reports, with both Molefe and Brown mixing up timelines and the he-said she-said of the process.
According to Molefe, he understood that his contract was still in effect and was legally obligated to return, but also said that Eskom asked him to return to the company because he was needed.
Minister Brown, on the other hand, said in her affidavit that Molefe’s return was only on the table after the early retirement payment of R30 million was questioned and reversed, and an alternative plan had to be found.
None of the parties – Molefe, Brown or the Eskom board – have explained the continued statements from the end of 2016 saying that Molefe had resigned or the subsequent job listing for his position as CEO.
— Marius Redelinghuys (@MariusMR) May 22, 2017
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