Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s early retirement deal was a “deliberate scheme” concocted by him and the group shortly after he was employed in 2016, the High Court in Pretoria found on Thursday. However, this scheme was put into motion only after Molefe resigned from Eskom under a cloud following the damning findings against him in the public protector’s State of Capture report. The report detailed how Molefe abused his position at Eskom to benefit the Gupta family in an “improper and possibly corrupt” manner. A full bench of the high court delivered the ruling on Thursday, ordering Molefe to pay back the R10.3m Eskom had already paid to him as part of the retirement settlement, saying he was never entitled to such benefits. Molefe was given 10 days in which to make the payment and ordered to pay the legal costs of the applicants in the case: trade union Solidarity and the DA. The judges found there was a “total lack of dignity and shame by people in leadership positions who abuse ...

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