Precautionary suspension follows whistle blowing and reports of alleged misconduct received from external and internal stakeholders
April 27, 2021
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Board has, effective from 26 April 2021, taken a resolution to place its Chief Operations Officer, Company Secretary and Chief Human Capital Officer under precautionary suspension with pay.
The decision to put the three (3) executives on precautionary suspension follows from whistle blowing and reports of alleged misconduct received from external and internal stakeholders. A through forensic investigation will be undertaken on the range of serious allegations related to the three (3) executives.
The precautionary suspensions will provide an opportunity for the Board to undertake an independent forensic investigation. These suspensions are necessary to ensure that the Board investigations are efficient and free of any potential interference in order to be completed within a reasonable time frame.
The Board will be guided by the findings and recommendations of the forensic investigation on which appropriate steps will be taken with the 3 executives.
In the interim, the Board has mandated the SAMSA Acting Chief Executive Officer to appoint suitable officials to act in all three (3) positions for the duration of precautionary suspensions in order to ensure business continuity.