The Credit ombud, Nicky Lala-Mohan, has been fired after the institution found him guilty of "financial misconduct" to the value of more than R850,000.
The chairperson of the Credit Ombud Council, Tefo Raditapole laid criminal charges against Lala-Mohan at the Linden police station on Tuesday.
Last month, Lala-Mohan was placed under “pre-cautionary suspension” and at a disciplinary hearing, was found guilty of financial misconduct.
He was dismissed on Monday.
Lala-Mohan told Netwerk24 on Thursday that he is currently hospitalised and that the disciplinary hearing took place in his absence. He did not want to comment on the allegations of financial misconduct.
The ombud’s office has to resolve complaints where consumers and businesses are negatively impacted by credit bureau information or when a consumer has a dispute with a credit provider.
Lala-Mohan, who previously headed the Credit Ombud’s Council, was appointed in November 2015.