Minister Radebe fires nuclear energy chief
Former Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane says he has launched appeal against findings of disciplinary panel
Energy minister Jeff Radebe has fired Phumzile Tshelane from his position as CEO and board member of the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Radebe said he decided to remove Tshelane after considering “the serious nature of the charges against” him, a board resolution and the recommendation of a disciplinary panel. The axing was effective from May 11 2019, he said. Tshelane said he was formally notified of his removal on Sunday and on Tuesday launched an appeal against the findings of the disciplinary panel over procedural issues. In December 2018, the minister announced he had placed Tshelane on precautionary suspension pending an investigation. He also disbanded the entire Necsa board over its failure to discharge its fiduciary duties. According to the charge sheet, excerpts of which the ministry provided to Business Day, Tshelane had been fired for four transgressions: • The signing of a nuclear co-operation agreement with Rusatom Health...
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