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Public Protector to probe Brian Molefe's pension payout

The Democratic Alliance had asked the Public Protector to probe the payout to Molefe.

FILE: Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector has agreed to investigate a controversial R30 million pension payout due to former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe.

In a letter to the Democratic Alliance, the Public Protector's Office says that the party's complaint will be consolidated with two similar complaints already received on the matter.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether Molefe has received any of the money after Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown put a stop to the payout.

In court papers, Molefe says he was under the impression that he could take early retirement when he left the parastatal the first time in December.

It's been revealed that the Eskom pension fund flouted the rules to award Molefe the payout.

The DA's Natasha Mazzone says it's necessary for the Public Protector to establish the truth.

“We think it’s a step in the right direction to making sure that public entities are held to account. More importantly, that South African money is well taken care of. That R30 million is money that belongs to you, me and every other South Africa.”

“One of the problems is that it’s shrouded in such secrecy and there are so many conflicting reports that one can’t help but think there’s a massive problem here.”

The Public Protector says the DA's complaint will be consolidated with those of the South African National Civic Organisation and the Freedom Front Plus.

The Public Protector's Office last month said that it will be looking into a number of allegations made by the media, including the reappointment of Molefe as Eskom CEO and allegations that acting chief executive Matshela Koko leaked a legal opinion to the Guptas.