Sandu threatens criminal charges over Brian Molefe’s SANDF job
According to 'The City Press' newspaper, Molefe has been called up to serve in the army and is earning R57,000 a month.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) says it plans to lay criminal charges after reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has been appointed to serve as a highly paid military colonel.
According to The City Press newspaper, Molefe has been called up to serve in the army and is earning R57,000 a month.
The paper says he doesn’t have a military background and resumed his duties in August.
But the South African National Defence Force says that Molefe has been a reserve officer in the army since 2009.
The Sandu’s Pikkie Greeff says Molefe doesn’t qualify to be appointed in the reserve force services in terms of the Defence Act.
“He’s an honourary colonel and he has never had military training of any sort, so the Defence Act prohibits his appointment.”
Greeff says they are also demanding an explanation from the defence force.
“We’re looking at filing criminal charges and we’ll definitely engage the department to withdraw the appointment and explain how it occurred.”
The defence force says that Molefe was appointed as an honorary colonel of the South African Irish regiment in 2011, adding that the former Eskom CEO doesn't receive a salary for his duties.