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Public Enterprises Dept declines comment on Molefe payout report

According to the 'Sunday Times', Minister Lynne Brown last week rejected attempts by the utility's board to pay Brian Molefe millions of rand.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Enterprises Ministry declined to comment on reports of a new golden handshake offered to former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.

According to the Sunday Times, Minister Lynne Brown last week rejected attempts by the utility's board to pay Molefe millions of rand.

It's understood that the R11.2 million request was made by interim board chair Zethembe Khoza.

Initially, the board had proposed R30 million in an early retirement package despite the fact that Molefe had resigned voluntarily.

In a letter dated 28 June, just two weeks after former Eskom chair Ben Ngubane resigned, Khoza wrote to Brown requesting another pay-out after she rejected the initial request, according to the Sunday Times.

Khoza apparently wrote that R11 million should be considered to settle the matter with Molefe because it would be fair for both him and Eskom.

But the minister squashed the request and said there was no basis to support the settlement.

She apparently wrote back to Khoza and explained that it was inappropriate since there was a court case underway.

Brown's spokesperson refused to comment and added that the minister did not comment on internal correspondence with other parties.

The board could not be reached for comment.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)