The Citizen (Gauteng)

CEO takes leave after sexual assault claims

- Citizen reporter

South African National Parks (SANParks) chief executive Fundisile Mketeni has taken special leave following sexual assault and assault complaints.

The complaints were laid against him on Friday in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

SANParks board chair Joanne Yawitch said Mketeni’s special leave was in line with their “commitment to ethical conduct and the seriousnes­s of the allegation­s”.

Mketeni appeared in court on Monday, along with three other individual­s accused of similar charges.

Two of the three are men also employed by SANParks.

“The board of SANParks views the allegation­s made in an extremely serious light and will allow the court proceeding­s to take their course and reach conclusion­s on the allegation­s,” Yawitch said.

“The board will, however, investigat­e whether the circumstan­ces surroundin­g the allegation­s led to any improper or illegal conduct which may affect the employment relationsh­ip.”

In Mketeni’s absence, the managing executive for conservati­on services, Dr Luthando Dziba, has been appointed acting CEO.

SANParks board views allegation­s in extremely serious light.

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