Brand South Africa responds to corruption claims by former CEO

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Brand South has released a statement, responding to allegations of corruption made by its former CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela. According to the organisation, Makhubela has written a document, making several allegations against the Board of Trustees, as well as, the employees of Brand South .

The document allegedly claims that of power, corruption, maladministration and lack of proper governance resulted in the collapse of Brand SA.

Brand South said it took the scathing document through the Board processes and committees and it has since been handed over to the relevant investigation authorities.

City Press, on Sunday 9 , released an article in which Makhubela made allegations against the company. The organisation has since proceeded to state what it calls the facts.

FORMER BRAND SOUTH CEO SUSPENDED 

According to the organisation, it received numerous allegations against Makhubela through its independently run whistleblowing facility.

allegations through investigations in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures, guided by corporate governance principles, which lead up to Dr Makhubela’s suspension,” it said.

His independent disciplinary hearing was presided over by Advocate MS Baloyi SC as the independent chairperson, who found Makhubela guilty on two charges and recommended dismissal as the appropriate sanction for his misconducts.

“Most notably, Makhubela attempted to overturn the suspension against him through the CCMA and failed. As far as the Board of Trustees is concerned, Dr Kingsley Makhubela’ s five-year employment contract with Brand South ended on 31 July 2020,” it said.

“Brand South urges any member of the public (including Dr Makhubela), who has credible and valid information on corruption against the employees and Trustees of Brand South , to exercise their legal obligation and report such to the South African Police Service or any other appropriate prosecuting or investigative authority,” it added.

ALL ALLEGATIONS TO BE INVESTIGATED 

Brand South Africa said it is aware of a submission to the State Capture Commission by Dr Makhubela and is not in a position to comment on the matter, given that it is sub judice.

“Importantly, the Minister in the Presidency is also aware of the allegations in this regard and will respond at an appropriate time,” it said.

The Board of Trustees said it has a duty to investigate all allegations presented without fear nor favour.

“To that end, the Board of Trustees and the Management of Brand South Africa have undertaken to investigate any allegations presented, to the extent that they be substantiated. Accordingly, all previous allegations have been fully investigated and new allegations are referred for investigation or audit as they arise,” it said.

We are governed by the strict laws, policies and regulations of the land to do the right thing regardless of whether it is popular or not. We act according to the prescribed code of ethics and we respect our responsibilities and accountabilities,” it added.

 

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