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Cape Town - To say her instruction to the Eskom board to reconsider a R30m pension payout to Brian Molefe unleashed a storm is to grossly understate the effect, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday.

Updating the National Council of Provinces' select committee on communications and public enterprises regarding Brian Molefe’s future as chief executive, Brown said she poked her nose into a hornet’s nest at Eskom when she gave the instruction five weeks ago.

Her update follows the appointment of an interministerial committee by President Jacob Zuma in May to investigate Molefe's return to Eskom, after Brown agreed to the Eskom board’s decision to reinstate him. The committee consists of Brown, Justice Minister Michael Masutha, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi.

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