SANParks head faces sexual assault charges
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THE South African National Parks’ (SANParks) chief executive Fundisile Mketeni will take special leave following assault and sexual assault complaints lodged against him on Friday, May 7, in Skukuza, Kruger National Park.
Mketeni appeared in court on Monday, May 11, 2021, together with three other individuals on similar charges (two males employed by SANParks and a female who is not a SANParks employee).
SANParks Board Chairperson Joanne Yawitch on Tuesday said in line with SANParks’ commitment to ethical conduct and the seriousness of the allegations, Mketeni has requested to take special leave until the matter has been resolved and the law has taken its course.
“The Board of SANParks views the allegations made in an extremely serious light and will allow the court proceedings to take their course and reach conclusions on the allegations.
“The Board will, however, investigate whether the circumstances surrounding the allegations led to any improper or illegal conduct which may affect the employment relationship,” Yawitch said.
Dr Luthando Dziba, the Managing Executive: Conservation Services, has been appointed as Acting chief executive.