The shocking truth behind the death of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s personal assistant Gugulethu Mbatha has emerged.
Over the weekend, Mbatha’s mother opened up about the sad death of her daughter.
The Citizen reported that the grieving mother alleged that her daughter’s death was prompted by depression, which led her to overdosing on pills and subsequently, suicide.
“My daughter loved her job, she was always working hard, but things took a turn after she was removed from Molefe’s office,” she said.
Her daughter’s ordeal, she explained, started after she couldn’t find Molefe’s travelling passport on time. She revealed that her daughter could not prepare for Molefe’s international trip after searching his drawer for his passport but later took the blame after finding the passport in her drawer.
For this reason, Molefe, who was then Eskom boss ordered her to embark on a three weeks leave. Mbatha’s mother explained that when her daughter returned after the leave, she found Molefe has contracted another personal assistant.
Consequently, her mother explained that this led to Mbatha’s depression. She was later admitted to a psychiatric hospital after her condition worsened. The last straw that broke the camel’s back was when she overdosed on pills at her Midrand home last November.
Thembi, Mbatha’s mother insisted that Eskom led her daughter to suicide.
“I have a feeling the passport saga was a plot to remove her from Molefe’s office. If they did not want her, why did they not give her a package and retrench her,” she asked rhetorically
From our gatherings, Gugulethu Mbatha was a wife and mother of two lovely children.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach former Eskom Boss Molefe to comment on the matter proved abortive while Eskom declined to speak on the matter.
Brian Molefe resigned from Eskom in November 2016 in the wake of potentially damning allegations; that he and his Eskom board favoured a Gupta family-owned company with a contract for coal; that did not follow any regular tender procedures.
He was replaced by Matshela Koko, whose appointment got underway on December 1, 2016.