After intensive pressure that denied him the appointment as SA Finance minister, this might just be the end of the road for the erstwhile Eskom boss. Molefe earned about R8m a year as Eskom boss and was also allocated shares.”It is outrageous that after only 18 months as CEO at the power utility, Molefe would be awarded such an exuberant bonus.

Especially after he resigned out of his own accord, following his naming in the damning State of Capture Report by the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela,” the DA’s Natasha Mazzone said.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane must investigate reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s received a R30m golden handshake from the power utility, the DA said on Monday.

Mazzone said the DA would be writing to Mkhwebane to request that she probes the R30m pension payout last month, as it “clearly points to yet another case of gross abuse of public funds”.

“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.

 “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 R30m bonus.”

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Monday said it had also referred the matter to the Public Protector.

“Resources that are supposed to be unlocked for infrastructure development, youth development, job creation, fighting poverty and inequality are seemingly squandered on an individual facing damning corruption allegations revealed in the Public Protector’s State Capture Report,” Sanco national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.

Reported claims suggested documents mentioning the R30m listed under “separation/severance cost” and “Eskom pension fund” payment.

Molefe earned about R8m a year as Eskom boss and was also allocated shares.