Transnet – a litany of suspensions and sackings

The names of four more executives have been added to the growing list of top-level fatalities at Transnet as part of the state-owned freight and rail company’s efforts to unearth the extent of corruption under former CEOs Siyabonga Gama and Brian Molefe.

The latest executives to be placed on suspension include Shulami Qalinge, Transnet National Ports Authority CE; Ravi Nair, Transnet Freight Rail CE; and Mlamuli Buthelezi and Nonkuleleko Sishi who were the group’s officers for operations and human resources.

Recently the parastatal also announced that the chief executive overseeing its properties, Thabo Lebelo, had resigned in the face of pending suspension.

Essentially he had emulated former treasurer Phetolo Ramosebudi who had elected to leave of his own accord instead of facing the ignominy of forensic investigation.

News of his leaving came the same month that Transnet announced the suspension of its group supply chain officer, Edward Thomas.

And earlier it was also announced that independent forensic investigations had resulted in the suspensions of Thamsanqa Jiyane and Lindiwe Mdletshe, respectively chief advanced manufacturing officer and supply chain manager.

In the meantime Transnet is pursuing civil claims of R1.3 billion against sacked CEOs Gama, Molefe and their principal Gupta lieutenants, former CFOs Anoj Singh and Garry Pita.

Read more about industry reaction to the latest suspensions in the next edition of FTW.

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