Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe facing criminal charges
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has opened a criminal case against former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe for fraud and contravening the Public Finance Management Act and company law. The Sunday Times reported that former Eskom board chairman Ben Ngubane is also implicated in the case. Outa “wants the two to answer to accusations of gross and negligent accounting that led to Molefe receiving millions in pension and other benefits”.
According to the report, Outa’s documents on the case show that Molefe received payments of R8.1 million before the pension payout was exposed. The case comes soon after the organisation laid charges of treason, racketeering, extortion, fraud, and forgery against the Gupta brothers and Duduzane Zuma. This group is the focus: the Gupta brothers Atul, Ajay, and Rajesh “Tony” Gupta, and Duduzane Zuma, who is the son of President Jacob Zuma.
“They are at the heart of state capture,” said Ben Theron, Outa Chief Operating Officer. “These charges are designed for combatting organised crime.” The charges were laid at the Randburg Police Station and are backed by an affidavit from Theron detailing the allegations.
“The Gupta family and their associates, at all relevant times, acted severally and jointly in common purpose to perpetrate illegal activities.”
Those named in the affidavit as linked to the group include Molefe, Ngubane, and Anoj Singh, former CFO of Transnet and current (suspended) CFO of Eskom.