Acsa CEO faces sus­pen­sion

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Air­ports Com­pany SA (Acsa) will soon de­cide whether or not to sus­pend its CEO, Bon­gani Maseko.

This fol­lows a pre­sus­pen­sion hear­ing on Thurs­day this week that Maseko at­tended to face al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct.

“On the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the com­pany, it ap­pears you have com­mit­ted gross mis­con­duct,” Acsa chair­per­son Skhum­buzo Ma­co­zoma wrote in a let­ter, which City Press has seen a copy of, to Maseko late last month. Ma­co­zoma lists five al­le­ga­tions of gross mis­con­duct.

These al­le­ga­tions in­clude awards of ten­ders and con­tracts to Tswelok­gotso Trad­ing En­ter­prises and re­tail ten­ders re­lat­ing to Ex­clu­sive Books at the OR Tambo and Cape Town air­ports.

The sec­ond al­le­ga­tion re­lated to a fail­ure to “im­ple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions to mis­con­duct em­a­nat­ing from the City Lodge ten­der”.

Ma­co­zoma also al­leged that Maseko de­feated the ends of jus­tice re­gard­ing Tswelok­gotso Trad­ing En­ter­prises.

“You have dis­re­garded or con­tra­vened sec­tion 76 and 77 of the Com­pa­nies Act 71 of 2008, re­gard­ing the above-men­tioned ten­ders,” he added.

“You have com­mit­ted or per­mit­ted un­fair labour prac­tice against cer­tain em­ploy­ees who were in­volved or work­ing on [Tswelok­gotso Trad­ing En­ter­prizes] con­tracts,” Ma­co­zoma said.

These al­le­ga­tions fol­low from an Acsa board meet­ing held in March that re­solved to form an ad hoc com­mit­tee to probe al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in Acsa’s sup­ply chain.

An out­side com­pany, Dr VS Mn­cube Con­sult­ing, was ap­pointed to con­duct a probe.

In July, Dr VS Mn­cube Con­sult­ing pre­sented an in­terim re­port on the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the board. The probe was fi­nalised and pre­sented to the Acsa board at the end of Au­gust.

Mo­latelo Makhura, a labour lawyer with Chea­dle Thomp­son and Haysom, who rep­re­sents Maseko, said that Maseko had been de­nied ac­cess to the re­port.

“As you are no doubt aware, sus­pen­sion has sub­stan­tial so­cial and per­sonal im­pli­ca­tions ... to re­move our client from his work­place in the cir­cum­stances where there are no ob­jec­tively rea­son­able grounds to do so and where our client is de­nied an op­por­tu­nity mean­ing­fully to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions will be ex­tremely prej­u­di­cial to him as an em­ployee and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the com­pany,” Makhura wrote in a let­ter to Ma­co­zoma on be­half of Maseko.

Makhura said on Fri­day that his “client was trau­ma­tised as it is and that he would like to re­spect the in­ter­nal process at Acsa”. He said that the hear­ing took place on Thurs­day. “My client is now wait­ing to see whether Acsa will sus­pend him or not,” Makhura said.

Bon­gani Maseko

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