The CEO of South African National Parks (SANParks), Fundisile Mketeni has been officially fired after one year suspension, following sexual harassment and other gender-based violence related crimes.
The dismissal of the former CEO follows the disciplinary enquiry by the SANParks Board that was launched in July 2021 where the process, chaired by an independent professional, resulted in a ruling and recommended sanction.
The said sanction was delivered to the Board in May 2022 and a follow up meeting was held to deliberate on the outcomes of the disciplinary process including the ruling and finding on the sanction.
In line with the recommendation of the independent Senior Counsel who chaired the process said that it has determined that the relationship between the CEO and SANParks will be terminated with immediate effect, as of June 1 2022.
Notwithstanding the outcomes of the criminal proceedings against the CEO, the Board decision was based on the CEO being found guilty of 6 of the 7 charges levelled against the CEO based on his having breached the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct Policy and the Disciplinary Policy and Procedure of SANParks.