South African National Parks (SANParks), Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni has been placed on special leave following allegations of assault, and sexual assault.
Mketeni and three other people – which include two of his SANParks colleagues – and a woman who doesn’t work there, appeared in court on Monday, 10 May. He was granted bail of R2000 and released.
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SANParks board chairperson, Joanne Yawitch, said that in line with their commitment to ethical conduct, as well as the seriousness of the allegations against him, he was placed on special leave until the matter is resolved and the law has taken its course.
“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. 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 the interim, Dr Luthando Dziba, the managing executive of conservation services has been appointed as acting CEO.