DUrban - Transnet Chief Harbour Master (CHM) Captain Rufus Lekala has been reinstated to his post after a long suspension.
Lekala is back at work but Captain Naresh Sewnath, who acted in Lekala’s place during the period when he was unavailable, will remain as acting CHM until the end of the year during which time Lekala will be brought up to speed with current affairs at the ports.
No reason was ever provided for Lekala’s sudden disappearance from office in mid-March last year.
At the time, the then Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) chief executive was Richard Vallihu, whose only comment was that Lekala had been placed on precautionary suspension due to alleged irregularities. “This is to enable the internal investigation process to reach a fair conclusion,” he said.
It has taken 17 months for TNPA to arrive at that conclusion, but whether this will be disclosed is unlikely.