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n March 8 2015, City Press pub­lished an ar­ti­cle head­lined “Is this SA’s dodgi­est chief ex­ec­u­tive?” It was in ref­er­ence to the now for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Dube Trade­Port Cor­po­ra­tion, Ms Sax­enxen van Coller. This ar­ti­cle went to great lengths to de­tail a listst of trans­gres­sions which, at the time, were yet to be proven.en.

Cu­ri­ously, no one saw fit to ac­knowl­edgedge that the tim­ing of such an ar­ti­cle was a thou­sand steps be­hindnd those al­ready taken by the DubePort board weeks be­fore. Some un­named, yet quoted d sources, all of a sud­den be­came pur­vey­ors of in­for­ma­tion as if it were freshly dis­cov­ered.

Ar­guably, at the time the City Press ar­ti­cle was pub­lished, a lot of de­tail couldn’t be fur­nished, as there was a process al­ready ini­ti­ated by the board and, as such, this ren­dered the mat­ter sub ju­dice.

It was the board that ini­ti­ated its own risk as­sess­ment and due dili­gence ex­er­cise as far back as Oc­to­ber last year and con­cluded it three months later in Jan­uary.

The find­ings were pre­sented to Van Coller and she failed to sat­is­fac­to­rily re­spond to them. As a re­sult, we served her with charges and placed her un­der im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion, pend­ing the out­come of a dis­ci­plinary in­quiry.

We had in­ten­si­fied our in­ves­ti­ga­tion so that, within three months, an in­de­pen­dent probe had been con­cluded and re­vealed that the for­mer CEO had in fact failed to dis­close a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion – a se­ri­ous of­fence which in it­self amounted to grounds for dis­missal.

Upon re­ceipt of the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions made by the chair­per­son of the in­quiry, the board re­solved to sum­mar­ily dis­miss the CEO. The rest, as they say, is

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