The R30-million pension payout received by former Eskom boss Brian Molefe clearly points to yet another case of gross abuse of public funds and should be investigated by the public protector‚ the DA said.
DA spokeswoman on public enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said it was outrageous that after only 18 months as chief executive at the power utility‚ Molefe would be awarded such an exorbitant bonus.
“Especially after he resigned of his own accord‚ following his naming in the damning state of capture report by the former public protector‚ Advocate Thuli Madonsela‚” Mazzone said.
She said she would be writing to the public protector‚ Busisiwe Mkhwebane‚ to request that she probe the payout.
“It is unacceptable that taxpayer money is repeatedly used to benefit underperforming executives who do not deserve it‚ while vital infrastructure projects are left to gather dust,” Mazzone said.
“This is clearly not just a pension payout as Molefe claims. It is a golden handshake and the DA strongly urges Molefe to immediately pay back the R30-million bonus.
“The DA will not stand for the irregular use of taxpayer money. There are vital projects which need this money and which would benefit all South Africans.”