Mixed reaction to CEO’s suspension after theft of 40 rhino horns

2014-04-25 17:06

The CEO of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has been suspended after about 40 rhino horns were stolen from the organisation, Nehawu has said.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union’s secretary in the province, Sizwe Motha, today welcomed the MTPA board’s action.

The horns disappeared from a safe on Sunday.

The MTPA and the Mpumalanga department of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs could not immediately be reached for comment.

News agency Agence France-Presse reported the horns could be worth up to $16 million (around R170m).

“The CEO [Jacques Modipane] bears the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the management of the institution,” Motha said.

Democratic Alliance provincial leader Anthony Benadie said the party was informed that acting MTPA board chairperson Clarah Ndlovu had removed Modipane from his post yesterday “in what appears to be a knee-jerk response to the theft of rhino horn”.

“Modipane has been trying to instil good, clean ... governance in the agency, and his [alleged] sacking has caused MTPA staff to go on strike this morning, demanding his reinstatement,” Benadie said.

He called on economic development MEC Yvonne Phosa to disband the MTPA.

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