ESKOM BOSS IN EX­TOR­TION DRAMA

Sunday World - - Front Page - AUBREY MOTHOMBENI moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­world.co.za

ESKOM group chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Molefe al­legedly called the Hawks for his do­mes­tic worker and her rel­a­tive af­ter a squab­ble which has since turned into an ex­tor­tion case.

This comes af­ter the power util­ity boss was al­legedly ac­cused by his do­mes­tic worker, Re­becca Masech­aba, and her rel­a­tive Tshepo Mokale, of not tak­ing care of her af­ter she was in­jured while work­ing for him.

In an af­fi­davit de­posed at the Midrand po­lice sta­tion with the help of the Hawks, Molefe claims that Mokale de­manded R250 000 as some form of com­pen­sa­tion for Masech­aba.

Masech­aba be­gan work­ing for Molefe as a do­mes­tic helper in 2010.

She was in­jured in 2014 and re­turned to work in Oc­to­ber this year.

Sun­day Worlds un­der­stands that upon Masech­aba’s re­turn to work, Molefe ter­mi­nated her em­ploy­ment claim­ing that she was no longer fit to work due to her in­jury. Molefe said he re­ceived a What­sapp mes­sage from Mokale on Oc­to­ber 4 stat­ing that he (Molefe) was ig­nor­ing him. We are also made to be­lieve that Mokale con­tacted Molefe’s wife who then in­formed her hus­band that a stranger had called the house threat­en­ing that she may have to be dragged into the mat­ter that they wished to dis­cuss with him.

Molefe re­vealed that af­ter the con­ver­sa­tion with his wife she would not talk to me for the rest of the day”.

Molefe said he con­sulted with his head of se­cu­rity Te­bogo Rakau at Eskom about the threats and he was ad­vised to ar­range a sting op­er­a­tion on Mokale if he de­manded money from him.

On Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 5, I had a meet­ing with Gen­eral Rakau and Lieu­tenant-Colonel Motl­hamme who was ac­com­pa­nied by Cap­tain Modiba.

It was de­cided at this meet­ing that a trap should be set for Mr Mokale … if he de­mands money af­ter which he will be ar­rested,” Molefe said.

He fur­ther re­vealed that he met with Mokale and Masech­aba and an­other gentleman at a Shell garage in No­ord­wyk, Midrand, on Fri­day.

Molefe said: Mokale ex­plained that he was un­happy that Re­becca had been work­ing for me and that now she is un­em­ployed and she has noth­ing to show for hav­ing worked for me.

I ex­plained that Re­becca had ad­mit­ted to steal­ing money from my house and that even though she claimed that she put the money back, the trust be­tween me and her was bro­ken.”

Molefe said he of­fered to pay Masech­aba R20 000 as a set­tle­ment for the ter­mi­na­tion of her em­ploy­ment.

How­ever, he said, Mokale in­di­cated that they re­quire R250 000 but were pre­pared to re­duce it by R20 000 to R230 000.”

He said af­ter the threats, he agreed to pay Mokale, Masha­bela and their part­ner Moses Ranala in in­stal­ments.

They de­manded R100 000 as first pay­ment and I of­fered to pay R20 000 the fol­low­ing day and a fur­ther R80 000 the fol­low­ing Tues­day, Molefe re­vealed.

Masech­aba and Mokale were ar­rested on Fri­day last week. They were taken to the Midrand po­lice hold­ing cells where they spent the week­end.

They ap­peared at the lo­cal mag­is­trate s court on Mon­day and their case was post­poned to Thurs­day for bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

They are due to ap­pear again to­mor­row on bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Molefe could not be reached for com­ment.

Midrand po­lice spokesper­son Matome Tlamela con­firmed the case, but re­ferred us to the Hawks.

Sergeant Abra­hams from the Hawks, who was present dur­ing the ar­rests, con­firmed the case but re­fused to com­ment fur­ther.

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