CapeNature CEO suspended

2012-05-09 18:16

Cape Town - The Western Cape conservation body CapeNature's CEO Manana Moroka has been suspended, its board said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Karl Lotter said an investigation was being conducted into an alleged "breach of trust" between Moroka and the board.

No more details about the reason behind the suspension were immediately available.

The board had appointed Kas Hamman as acting CEO until the investigation was completed.

Moroka was appointed CEO in June 2011 on a three-year contract. When she was appointed, CapeNature described her as having "extensive leadership experience".

She had served as CEO for Proudly SA from 2005 to 2009 and deputy director general for marketing in the trade and industry department from 2003 to 2005.

The board said no CEO had ever been suspended "in the history of CapeNature", but that three executive directors were suspended in 2007.

Their suspensions were eventually lifted and they returned to work.

CapeNature falls under the provincial department of environment affairs and development planning. It is responsible for 31 provincial conservation management clusters.

  • attie - 2012-05-09 18:24

    Wonder what this story behind the story is here.

      Frank - 2012-05-09 18:26


      Squeegee - 2012-05-09 18:42

      What is it with South African leaders? Now don't go all political or racial on this one. Why are we not producing good, stable, honest leaders?

      Bennie - 2012-05-09 19:21

      because we cannot expect rats to make cheese

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 19:28

      I have lost count here, is this the fourth government official nailed today? I have also noticed, most CNA supporters seem to avoid commenting on corruption stories, why would that be?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 20:15

      Anyone found guilty of crime must be suitably charged. The corrupt are being weeded out, great job.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 20:35

      Omg, tama, that means the whole of your CNA government will be behind bars soon....not sure if that would include you!

  • keith.gough - 2012-05-09 18:51

    Very sad. It has always been my contention that Cape Nature is the best run Govt dept in the country.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 19:34

      True Keith, but for SA's parastatals we have learned that all government departments will inevitably be done for fraud, corruption, theft or all of the above.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-09 18:52

    Another one bites the dust... One of two things here - Financial irregularity or a coloured in CV

      Raymond - 2012-05-09 19:23


  • Tony - 2012-05-09 19:12

    A platinium HAND shake.

  • Raymond - 2012-05-09 19:21

    I don't know what is wrong with these people.Put them in a position of trust and they lie and steal.They have no shame or scruples.It is like an epidemic that has hit the country.Fraud and theft has become a common pastime activity in this Crime infested country.South Africa and Nigeria are the two top countries in Africa for fraud.WONDERFUL.

  • Chabi - 2012-05-09 19:46

    This story objectively read suggests that there is a "breach of trust" to parties to the employment contract, Now Doomsayers & Pessimists read "another black CEO steals or acts corruptly".... Well I read that a black guy ploughed his vehicles through 8 Impalas in a drunken driving & the Hawks seized property of a black Rhino poacher in Limpopo worth millions...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-09 21:17

      Ai Chabi. I red the article and wonder why they said what was said. From what I hear from friends this woman is/was doing a good job. I decided to leave it at that, but than I read your comment. Maybe you are the "Doomsayer & Pessimist". Relax. You read things into stuff that is not/was not there.

  • Garth - 2012-05-09 20:10


  • CoronaSherona - 2012-05-09 21:54

    Dirty rotten little scoundrel ....

  • Denise - 2012-05-10 07:05

    She is CAPENATURE. Maybe there is a link between her and all that Ivory seized from a Sea Point shop we read about recently?

  • Stephen - 2012-05-10 07:44

    These people can't be trusted one iota..........bottom line.

  • Robert - 2012-05-10 09:51

    Probably had her fingers in the till, seems to be everywhere !!

  • carel.venter - 2012-05-10 12:18

    I am amazed by the responses and generalizations below. I have to assume that none of the commentators have served on a board of any sorts before. "breach of trust" between Moroka and the board tells me she either did/implemented/approved something that is contrary to the strategic objectives, strategy or conduct guidelines approved by the board, or did something strategic/conduct that was not clarified with the board up front (not mandated). It says absolutely nothing about theft, fraud or self enrichment. Trust is a relationship issue.

      Andile - 2012-05-10 13:01

      Venter, I totally agree with you...It is very sad that people are very quick to comment before they even understand. They get very excited by bad news, and I actually wonder how does that help our country. We cant even see good leaders because before they even occupy the positions, they are already painted with "black bad paint"

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