Solidarity to use R1m from legal battles with Molefe and Motsoeneng to tackle tax abuse

Brian Molefe. (City Press)
Brian Molefe. (City Press)

Trade union Solidarity has said it will use the monies it received following legal battles with Brian Molefe and Hlaudi Motsoeneng to fund future cases that challenge tax abuse.

Solidarity on Wednesday issued a statement indicating that so far it had received over R1m from the former Eskom CEO, Molefe, and former SABC Chief Operations Officer, Motsoeneng.

"Brian Molefe and Hlaudi Motsoeneng's debt to Solidarity that has already been paid amounts to approximately R1.3m," said the trade union's head of legal services Anton van der Bijl.

Solidarity's legal fund, together with the money received from Molefe and Motsoeneng, would make it possible to hold "reckless people who waste tax money" accountable in future, he added.

In August, the Constitutional Court dismissed Molefe's leave to appeal against the high court decision which ruled that he must pay back part of the R30m pension he received from the power utility. He is to pay the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund R10m as well as a legal costs order of R708 102 to Solidarity, which lodged the original application to recover the pension monies.

Eskom's Pension and Provident Fund told Fin24 that Molefe had not yet paid the outstanding monies and that they had instructed their lawyers to act in line with the court ruling. According to Solidarity, the EPPF is seeking a declaratory order to collect the debt.

Solidarity confirmed that Molefe in August paid an outstanding amount of R283 758.96, settling the legal costs order.

Motsoeneng paid Solidarity R20 426, as part of a process the trade union lodged at the end of 2018 to seize his goods following the outcomes of a labour court on the SABC 8's unfair dismissal. "Ten judges from the Constitutional Court unanimously found that Hlaudi Motsoeneng must pay the legal costs to the trade unions, Solidarity and Bemawu, who represented the SABC 8 in their case in the Labour Court about their unfair dismissal.

"After delaying, Motsoeneng finally repaid the total cost of R460 426.77 to Solidarity," the trade union said.

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