July 20, 2024

Ceta Refutes Allegations Against Its CEO

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Ceta has four people in supply chain management, and the entity has seen at least five CFOs leave before their terms expire.

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JOHANNESBURG: Ceta is aware of the allegations of interference in procurement processes levelled against Mr Shezi.

Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has come out strongly to refute allegations of interference in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) levelled against its CEO, Mr Malusi Shezi. In a statement by the chairperson of the board, Mr Thabo Masombuka, the organisation has come out strongly in support of its embattled CEO.

In a statement issued by the board, Mr Masombuka said, “Ceta is aware of the allegations of interference in procurement processes levelled against Mr Shezi.”

“The board has written to the CEO to allow him to respond to the allegations levelled against him. He has until Wednesday to respond,” Mr Masombuka said during a television interview on Monday.

“These claims are being addressed through the appropriate channels and are subject to thorough and impartial investigation. It is important to note that the mere existence of allegations does not equate to guilt. Like any other employee, the CEO is entitled to a fair and transparent investigation process,” he said.

Earlier last week, City Press reported that former and current employees have laid various complaints against the CEO. The allegations are contained in a complaint to the Ceta board as well as a resignation letter by one of the executives who claimed she could no longer cope working at the state-owned entity.

Ceta is one of the government’s Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas), which is tasked with reducing South Africa’s unemployment rate through skills development programmes.

Currently, Ceta has four people in supply chain management, and the entity has seen at least five CFOs leave before their terms expire.

Former CFO Honey Shangase wrote in her resignation dated 20 February that she could no longer work for the agency because “I base all my management decisions, values, and morals on specific principles such as fairness, equality, honesty, respect, and accountability”.

According to Ceta, “The publication of these unfounded allegations is not only damaging to Mr Shezi but also to the integrity and reputation of Ceta. We have sought legal recourse to address these defamatory statements and protect the interests of our organization.

Ms Shangase is reported to have refused to take unlawful instructions from Mr Shezi. “Unfortunately, there are instructions that you give me that I cannot execute as they are not aligned with my principles stated above. My work ethic is very different from yours. I am so sorry; I must stick with my values and principles as they define who I am,” Ms Shangase said.

However, Mr Masombuka has assured the public that “Ceta remains committed to transparency, accountability, and the continuous improvement of our educational and training programs.”

Mr Masombuka has also urged members of the media to report in a fair and balanced manner.

“Ceta strongly urges the media to refrain from publishing [false] accusations. We remain focused on our mission to develop and enhance skills within the construction sector, driving economic growth and development in South Africa,” he added.

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