Corruption Watch has said that its withdrawal of the case against former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was not an exoneration, but a result of poor formulation of the charges as they preceded the final report of Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s State Capture Commission.

Cape Times report says this comes after the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) on Friday handed down Corruption Watch’s formal notice of withdrawal of the case against Molefe, which was done ‘by agreement between the parties’ with each party to bear their own costs.

Corruption Watch executive director Karam Singh said the anti-corruption organisation would still go public with detail on the proceedings.

Singh said they would explain that there were challenges sustaining the application against Molefe based on the way it was formulated since it was drafted prior to the Zondo Commission’s report.

‘This does not mean Mr Molefe is exonerated. The Zondo Commission recommended further investigations around his conduct as Eskom CEO, and he has been indicted on Transnet and faces charges,’ Singh said.

‘Other matters have been referred to the Companies & Intellectual Property Commission to have court proceedings instituted against the former directors at various state-owned enterprises, including Eskom.’

According to a second Cape Times report, Molefe’s lawyer – Mpho Molefe of Molaba Attorneys – said his client is vindicated by the withdrawal of the application by Corruption Watch. The attorney said they are considering various legal options available to Molefe.

‘The application was without merit and was based on false statements made to the media, Zondo Commission, and various social media platforms by persons who had the political motives to do so. We are considering various legal options available to our client,’ Mpho Molefe said.

The attorney also said his client suffered economically and professionally.

Full Cape Times report

Second Cape Times report