Luthuli family aghast at Royal Household CEO’s suspension

2012-03-10 00:00

THE family of the suspended chief executive of the Royal Household Trust, Nkululeko Luthuli, believes he has a record of fiscal prudence and will be publicly vindicated.

The Witness reported last month that Luthuli — the grandson of Nobel laureate Chief Albert Luthuli — was suspended on full pay with immediate effect pending a full inquiry into the trust’s administrative and financial affairs.

At the time Luthuli confirmed he had received a letter, but said he did not know what he had been suspended for.

Yesterday, his mother, Veli Luthuli, said in a statement:

“The Luthuli family is horrified by the suspension of Nkululeko and the manner in which it was done.

“The South African public is shocked.

“We believe Nkululeko was not called upon to account for his actions or to respond to the allegations.”

The family said Luthuli had “steadily and progressively” put the royal household’s finances in order.

“When last did the public hear and read about the royal household overspending? This used to bring about much criticism and ridicule.”

In a statement last month trust chairperson Judge Jerome Ngwenya said the allegations against Luthuli were so serious as to warrant his immediate suspension pending an inquiry.

The judge said the allegations included that Luthuli had hired cars at the trust’s expense for himself and friends.

Veli Luthuli said her son’s car was stolen in 2011 from his Durban residence.

It was eventually found abandoned four months later in Sydenham with only minimal damage.

Luthuli had needed a car for his duties, but because his ID had been in the stolen vehicle, he had asked a friend to assist him to hire one.

He had also used her car for about eight weeks, said Veli Luthuli.

She added: “Whatever mishap, it should not reflect on the impeccable presidency of Chief Albert Luthuli especially now that we celebrate the ANC centenary.”

The Luthuli family said it supported all efforts towards achieving clean governance and performance management, as well as internal disciplinary action that might be taken.

The inquiry is being conducted by a Durban law firm.


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