The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board is instituting disciplinary action against its suspended chief legal officer, Vusi Malebana, for exposing serious corporate governance lapses by the Board.
The Board, appointed by the former energy minister, Jeff Radebe, suspended Malebana on 24 July 2019.
According to Malebana, the Necsa Board instructed MNS Attorneys to serve him with a notice to attend a disciplinary hearing on Monday 19 August 2019.
The date of the disciplinary hearing is on the eve of Malebana’s urgent application to the Labour Court.
“It is curious to note that the Board has briefed MNS Attorneys to initiate this disciplinary action and that Adv. Cassim SC is to preside,” stated Malebana, adding: “This is the same team which was briefed to get rid of the Necsa Group CEO Phumzile Tshelane in May, using a string of curious charges.”
“It looks like the damage done to Necsa by the former Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, will not come to an end any time soon,” Malebana said.
“MNS Attorneys is also embroiled in controversies at other SOEs, such as Transnet, where the [legal] firm is said to be sponsoring the Transnet Chairman, Popo Molefe’s personal Foundation.”
Furthermore, according to Malebana, former SOE CEOs are in the process of referring Advocate Cassim to the Bar Council to be investigated for the manner in which he has gone about handling disciplinary hearings at other SOEs.
“Political interference in the governance of SOEs must stop,” he concluded.