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Sanral CEO's resignation welcomed

2012-05-08 12:00

Johannesburg - The DA welcomed the resignation of SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli on Tuesday, saying it was "encouraged" by the move.

"He has done the honourable thing by resigning after the Gauteng e-toll fiasco," Democratic Alliance MPL Neil Campbell said.

"While he managed the construction of an excellent road network well, he is a poor communicator and we trust that his successor... will not only be an excellent manager, but also a good communicator."

The party hoped Alli's successor would allow "real" public participation before making "contentious decisions... unilaterally".

Campbell said whoever took up the reins would face a tough, uphill battle, and he wished them well.

In a statement earlier, Sanral board chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka said it accepted Alli's resignation on Monday, but did not give his reasons for doing so. Alli would continue in his post until June 3.

Neither Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven, nor Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance chairperson Wayne Duvenhage were immediately available for comment.

Outa was granted an urgent interdict on April 28 stopping the launch of the controversial e-toll project in Gauteng.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-05-08 12:07

    You would also be a poor communicator if you had to deal with a confused government on a daily basis, Nazir Alli did the right thing.

      slymsloot - 2012-05-08 12:19

      R50 says he is going to claim "personal" or "family reasons" for his resignation. BAAAHAHAH!

      John - 2012-05-08 12:38

      i think this was well planned on alli's part there is just enough cash left for a golden hand shake for himself.

      Jackie - 2012-05-08 12:41

      This is so funny! I dont think he could stand the heat. His arrogant dismissive rantings leading up to the interdict were shocking. Clearly no idea! Have to wonder if his sad he wont be getting his bonus?

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-08 12:47

      Sanral was created to line the pockets of cronies. Under them the roads has gone from tarred roads to dirt roads.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-08 12:50

      Now that the spotlight is on who is to make the money out of this fiasco we can expect more rats to jump ship and run for the hills...

  • Glyn - 2012-05-08 12:10

    He did the right thing. Now would Zuma please follow?

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-08 12:41

      ANC please follow Nazir's example.....

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-08 13:28

      The whole incompetent government should resign.

  • Johan - 2012-05-08 12:11

    I am also happy that he resigned, but who will take his place? How certain can we be that they will not still try and strangle us for our last pennies to "recover the costs" for building the new infrastructure. I don't mind paying a bit of money, but sorry, there has been no transparency and people are withholding information about where millions are actually going.

      Press - 2012-05-08 13:14

      Easy - just find someone with a driving licence who has also previously been involved in some sort of dubious activities and you have your potential new CEO for SANRAL

  • bezvalley - 2012-05-08 12:16

    Did he jump, or was he pushed? Was it because of all the skeletons that would have been exposed during the judicial review? This resignation poses more questions than just being a case of doing \the honourable thing\.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 12:23

      His got to answer the tax payer in any case. It isn't a case of now I am of the hook. You'll be in court in any case. Think they will let him speak his mind?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 12:28

      I think he will still have to face the music in court - the skeletons cannot be hidden now!

  • Richard - 2012-05-08 12:16

    Let's hope one of the minister of transport's family don't take it over. But I suppose that the post will go to some well connected get rich fat cat related to someone on goverment.

  • Clinton - 2012-05-08 12:17

    CEO's ony resign when the SH1T is going to hit the fan.......watch this space, it is coming!!!! All the issues that he dealt with, corruption and profits will all come out in the very near distant future. Good call Mr Ali, but hopefully you will still pay for your greed!

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 12:18

    Ag shame. Who's next!

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-08 12:18

    The pressure is on, he didn't want to give out names of those involved with this scam.

  • David - 2012-05-08 12:19

    Shame man, he was just trying to do his job.

  • Riad - 2012-05-08 12:20

    now that's how the cookie crumbles........

  • hang.h.to - 2012-05-08 12:20

    I guess it is to update the score again People 2 - 0 SANRAL

  • Andrew - 2012-05-08 12:20

    Oh! How the deck of cards begins to collapse...the mighty begin to fall one by one...like rats leaving a sinking ship..who else can we now expect?????

  • sesom - 2012-05-08 12:21

    check his bank account....I bet you will find a few million

      melt.olckers - 2012-05-08 12:35

      He will probably get a golden parachute!

  • Alan - 2012-05-08 12:22

    I cannot see it as honourable to resign. He should have a pair big enough to stand up and defend his actions in court as the head of Sanral. I think this is just like a rat jumping a sinking ship. If there was nothing to hide, why would he resign?? Watch this space - the Scandal of 2012 is about to break!

  • Elize - 2012-05-08 12:24

    This is so funny, did "they" really think the citizens of SA was just going to cough up and pay so that they could carry on living their lavish lifestyles's?? I recon this is the beginning of the end!!

      Clive - 2012-05-08 12:51

      How will we see this, is it 'The end of Alli Baba and the highway robbers' or shall we sing ' And so, the end is near, the final curtain ' ??

      Alan - 2012-05-08 12:58

      or "Hit the road, Jack...."

  • owamin1 - 2012-05-08 12:25

    I think he has resigned too soon. He should wait for the investigation into how this whole e-toll process came about, including the procurement of the service providers selected to construct the infrastructure, and administer the collection. SANRAL had been advised a long time ago not to introduce the tolling until there was a robust public transport system (undescore system), and alternative routes were built. He chose to ignore this, and went ahead as though he was running his own tuck shop in SANRAL. I think he should face the music first.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 12:31

      Like I said - why resign if there is nothing to hide?

      Erna - 2012-05-08 12:34

      That's what they do - they resign - then they cannot be held accountable.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 12:47

      @Erna - nope - he will still be held accountable. I think he should have had the guts to answer in court as the Head of Sanral though. He is giving the perception that he is hiding something before the investigation has even started. Either that, or Govt. wants to use him as the scapegoat, while they still try to push through with toll roads in some format.

  • Peter - 2012-05-08 12:25

    I bet you hes made enough off this whole situation to never have to work a day in his life again

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-08 12:28

    I hope he is not running away from the probe underway by the Public Protector.

  • Frank - 2012-05-08 12:31

    Fall guy somebody got to take the blow so all the others can say " we weren't involved it was Alli"

  • Allan - 2012-05-08 12:34

    Dont forget your gantries on the way out!!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 12:48

      haha!

  • Herman - 2012-05-08 12:40

    First of the runaways?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-08 12:43

    Running away = Honourable? Hey Juju ! Where are you when we need you? Sort out this Sanral nonsense! The National roads belong to the People. It cannot belong to a Limited Company which operates on a on a profit incentive, with individuals in Government as shareholders. Please come and Nationalize the National Roads for us. E-Notollic freedom in our lifetime!

  • Paul - 2012-05-08 12:46

    What a shocker !!! Amandla ! Down with E-tolls down !

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-05-08 12:47

    I saw a photo of this man in the newspaper a couple of days ago. He looks absolutely exhausted and stressed half to death. I don't envy his successor. I pray that the truth will come out, and that something will be done to stop this happening again. As for the E-tolls, I haven't signed on yet. I think a lot of secret stuff is going to be exposed. I hope so. Our government is in a mess! Covering up mess only makes it even more putrid.

  • Christo - 2012-05-08 12:49

    Mr Nazir Alli goodbuy and we hope to see you never again working with our money!

      Phillie - 2012-05-08 13:15

      I would not bet on not seeing him again.Rremember he is a cadre and no matter how big their stuff-ups are they ALWAYS get promoted after this paw paw hits the fan

  • Kenny - 2012-05-08 12:50

    I wish Zuma would follow Nazir Alli's example by resigning the man is taking up space in the presidency without the skills to match

  • victor.mendes1 - 2012-05-08 12:53

    I think this guy just pipped malema for being public enemy number1.

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-05-08 13:19

    The players might change...but the game of corruption stays on track as long as the ANC rule.

  • godesha - 2012-05-08 13:24

    He couldn't stand the heat, so he got out of the kitchen. Nice one, make a mess and leave it for someone else to clean up.

  • Richard - 2012-05-08 13:28

    The removal of Nazir Alli wont change anything. He wasnt the one who is benefiting from the e-toll project. They will simply bring in someone else will also be pressurized into covering up the corruption.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-08 13:37

    Just dont forget who appointed him, and has overall responsibility for the circus - none other than our non-performing ANCorruption, led by a bunch of gangsters.

  • Ricus - 2012-05-08 13:53

    He realised that he will be without a Pay Check soon so rather jump ship while it is still afloat! I am sure he does at least have Vision other than the Corrupt and Discriminatory Government and with them wanting to have discussions with Afrikaans Individuals is purely a point they have achieved in realising that they unfortunately don't have all the power, they have to crawl to the Afrikaner with their tails in between their legs, but we are just going to lift our legs and piss on them!

  • Henry - 2012-05-08 14:05

    1 can read between the lines, the 'trouble that goes on here. This company has been hit hard by the court decision (to curb the e-tolling) in such a way that, it's finacial losses are now starring to show. It couldn't afford the services of it's CEO any more, so it asked him to resign. (a person on the top position is not often 'fired' but gently asked to leave (resign). I can't help feeling that the next move by this company will be retrenchment. In short, he was 'fired' but it's put calmy that he 'resigned. Shame on you 'Sanral.'

  • Henry - 2012-05-08 14:05

    1 can read between the lines, the 'trouble that goes on here. This company has been hit hard by the court decision (to curb the e-tolling) in such a way that, it's finacial losses are now starring to show. It couldn't afford the services of it's CEO any more, so it asked him to resign. (a person on the top position is not often 'fired' but gently asked to leave (resign). I can't help feeling that the next move by this company will be retrenchment. In short, he was 'fired' but it's put calmy that he 'resigned. Shame on you 'Sanral.'

  • Henry - 2012-05-08 14:06

    1 can read between the lines, the 'trouble that goes on here. This company has been hit hard by the court decision (to curb the e-tolling) in such a way that, it's finacial losses are now starring to show. It couldn't afford the services of it's CEO any more, so it asked him to resign. (a person on the top position is not often 'fired' but gently asked to leave (resign). I can't help feeling that the next move by this company will be retrenchment. In short, he was 'fired' but it's put calmy that he 'resigned. Shame on you 'Sanral.'

  • Simiso Linda - 2012-05-08 15:03

    He's feels the heat...

  • rendani.hill - 2012-05-08 15:40

    The Matter is bigger than him, running away

  • LongSword - 2012-05-08 17:26

    I've seen the man being interviewed on Carte Blanche, he wasn't impressive. He displayed puppet-symptoms. Either way, this smells like a strategic move to later confuse n be used to against any opposition-moves. I can't point a finger on what it is exactly. But i smell a rat.

  • mmatebogo.molokele - 2012-05-08 19:04

    Maybe its for a good cause.......

  • mmatebogo.molokele - 2012-05-08 19:04

    Maybe its for a good cause.......

  • Vernon - 2012-05-08 22:20

    investigate!!!

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-08 22:43

    Now that the details of the e-toll contracts are about to be laid bare, he decides to jump! Why not wait for the opportunity to explain and demonstrate the details of these contracts since he passionately defended them. Does this man hav integrity??

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