Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BREAKING. Suspended Icasa CEO Pakamile Pongwana gone under a cloud from broadcasting regulator by 'mutual' decision after sexual harassment claims.

The beleaguered and suspended boss of South Africa's broadcasting regulator Icasa Phakamile Pongwana has quit before he got pushed with Icasa announcing in a terse Wednesday evening statement that the embattled Pakamile Pongwana is out by "mutual separation".

The controversial Pakamile Pongwana was placed on "precautionary suspension" by Icasa on 6 July pending a disciplinary hearing.

According to reports, Pakamile Pongwana was suspended over alleged sexual harassment claims and is now gone from Icasa under a cloud instead of facing a disciplinary hearing.

On Wednesday evening Icasa said that it's chief operating officer (COO) Willington Ngwepe will continue to act as Icasa's acting CEO until a new CEO has been appointed.

Icasa didn't elaborate further and didn't specify what golden handshake payout Pakamile Pongwana will be getting, if any, since his contract only ends a year from now in September 2018.

Pakamile Pongwana has been the Icasa CEO since November 2013.

In July the City Press newspaper reported that legal opinions given to Icasa found sufficient ground to charge Pakamile Pongwana to a disciplinary hearing for alleged sexual harassment of an employee.

Pakamile Pongwana allegedly also "displayed gross insolence and insubordination, which are dismissable offences as they constitute misconduct. This related to the disrespectful, condescending and aggressive" way that he treated Icasa council members.