JOHANNESBURG, South Africa’s Public Protector (Ombudsman), Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has agreed to investigate the chief executive officer (CEO) of State-owned power utility Eskom, Brian Molefe, for a 30 million Rand (about 2.31 million US dollars) payout he received from the power utility, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA).
The DA, South Africa’s biggest opposition party, had requested the investigation after it emerged that the Eskom board of directors had approved the payout to Molefe after he had served 18 months as CEO of Eskom. The party says the payout is a gross abuse of public funds.
Eskom is in deep financial trouble and the DA says the money could go a long way to bringing stability at the power utility.
“It will be all the issues that we had stated previously that relate to Eskom and I think it was about six of them that the Public Protector will be looking into,” said the Public Protector’s spokesperson, Cleopatra Mosana.
“Hence we are saying we are looking into basically the role of the Minister of Public Enterprises and the board into the matter which relates to Eskom. The executing authority of Eskom is the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK