Pretoria: 16 November 2021
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) says it has appointed an independent firm of forensic investigators, Morar Incorporated, to probe allegations of misconduct and whistle blowing reports received from external and internal stakeholders.
In a statement in Pretoria on Tuesday, SAMSA said: “The appointment follows a SAMSA Board resolution to conduct thorough investigations of critical aspects of the SAMSA business and conduct of management.
“Owing to the seriousness of the allegations as well as to facilitate the investigation, and to minimise any potential prejudice that might otherwise be occasioned to both the suspended executives and the entity, the SAMSA board was prompted to place on precautionary suspension its Chief Operations Officer, (Mr Sobantu Tilayi), Company Secretary (Mr Moyahabo Raphadu ) and Chief Human Capital Officer (Ms Lesego Mashishi).”
The trio’s suspension was effected on Monday, 26 April 2021.
The agency described the process undertaken so far as intended to “…emphasise its (SAMSA) commitment to zero-tolerance where misconduct is concerned and remains determined to continue to protect the public interest in accordance with its regulatory mandate.
“Consequently, SAMSA stakeholders are hereby encouraged to make available, by 30 November 2021, all information and/or documentation relevant to the investigation to Mr Vijay Bositsumune as follows: Email: email@example.com Telephone: +2733 345 4004, Facsimile: +2733 342 5699, Cellular: 084 313 6822,” said SAMSA