Tourism CEO spurns suspension after rhino horn theft

2014-05-01 11:03

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s (MTPA) CEO has refused to accept his suspension and is back at work.

“Pinky Phosa [MEC for economic development, environmental affairs and tourism] told me in a letter this morning [Wednesday] that the board cannot do this. I am the executive head and I must return to work,” Jacques Modipane was quoted as saying by Beeld newspaper.

“According to the law I have a choice and I say no.”

Acting MTPA board chairperson Clara Ndlovu removed Modipane from his post last Thursday after about 40 rhino horns were stolen from the organisation’s safe. The horns are reportedly worth up to $16 million (R167 million).

According to Modipane, the MTPA board is gunning for him after he fired several high-ranking employees in a bid to root out corruption.

MTPA spokesperson Kholofelo Nkambule said no arrests had been made in connection with the rhino horn theft.

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