Security personnel were called to escort CEO Fana Jiyane out of the Freedom Park offices following his suspension.
“They took away his iPad, laptop and cellphone,” said a staff member who did want to be named.
Jiyane has been plagued by allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in the last six months.
In November last year, City Press revealed that Jiyane had been accused of sexually harassing and victimising Peggy Dube – a former colleague. Later, more allegations surfaced, accusing him of tender irregularities and nepotism.
Khorommbi Matibe, head of marketing and communications at Freedom Park, said: “I can confirm that Mr Jiyane has been suspended, pending an investigation.”
Matibe said Jiyane had been suspended on full pay on Tuesday and his position had been temporally filled by Jane Mufamadi, head of the heritage and knowledge department.
Jiyane allegedly did not follow due process when hiring Priscilla Radebe as a junior in the human resources department.
Some of the charges against Jiyane were dismissed but Matibe was unable to provide details. He was, however, able to confirm that Jiyane still had to answer to a charge of nepotism and/or favouritism.
So far two investigations against Jiyane have been instituted but this is the first time that he has been suspended. “A lot has been spoken about for some time. This is an ongoing investigation. He is not allowed on the premises until the investigation is complete,” said Matibe.
Jiyane could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.