Fri, 24 May 2019

More than two weeks after SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona was abruptly put on "precautionary suspension", the board has still not revealed any details on the allegations involved.

The SAT board announced on April 2, 2019 that it would be investigating allegations received from a whistle blower via its anonymous tip-offs reporting mechanism.

It did not elaborate on what the allegations were and said at the time it would not be drawn further on the matter.

SAT spokesperson Altaaf Kazi told Fin24 on Tuesday that the investigation is "still ongoing" and, therefore, SAT and the board are not in a position to comment until the process has been completed.

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Tourism industry leaders Fin24 surveyed at the time indicated they were "shocked" by the sudden suspension of Ntshona.

The CEO of the Tourism Business Council of SA, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, told Fin24 that the suspension came at an inopportune time in terms of key industry events, including Africa's Travel Indaba in Durban in May.

"It is a matter of the SAT board and they will use their own corporate governance procedures," said Tshivhengwa, adding that he hoped the matter would be resolved soon.

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