The Solidarity Trade Union has filed criminal charges against former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and former board chairperson, Ben Ngubane.

The charges have been laid at the Garsfontien Police Station in Pretoria; they include fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The Hawks have however indicated that they are already investigating the matter.

The charges relate to the unlawful R30 million pension pay-outs from Eskom following his resignation.

At the time, Ben Ngubane, the Eskom Board chair, allegedly authorised the pension funds.

The charges follow the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling that Molefe’s pay-out had been unlawful.

Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann says: “The charges focus specifically on fraud  and the reason for that is Mr Ngubane and Mr Molefe purposefully designed an unlawful  enriched that boils down to a classic definition of fraud.”

Solidarity also had an audience with the Hawks.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says: “We did inform them that we are already investigating this case, there is a case opened by OUTA last year, so we don’t want to run parallel investigations.”

Solidarity also wants other Eskom executives to be investigated and claim that Molefe did not act alone.

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