Johannesburg – The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday announced that it has sacked its CEO Tshepo Mahanuke over “fraud detected in his CV”.
In a statement, the JRA Board of Directors said it “herewith confirms that it has terminated the contract of the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tshepo Mahanuke”.
Mahanuke was suspended last year in November after it emerged that his claims of having qualifications from Harvard University and the Trinity International University of Ambassadors were false.
Mahanuke was suspended three months after he got the R3.5-million-rand-a-year job.
On Wednesday the JRA said it terminated Mahunuke’s employment after a “rigorous investigation” found his CV had been embellished so that he could get the CEO job.
In addition, the JRA said Mahanuke failed to respond to the charges levelled against him.
Board Chairperson Charles Cilliers said: “Given the serious nature and far-reaching ramifications of the matter at hand” the JRA Board resolved to “immediately terminate” Mahanuke’s employment.
“The termination comes after Mr. Mahanuke failed to provide any counter-evidence to the evidence of fraud detected in his CV, which was provided to the JRA during his recruitment process.”
Cilliers said the findings were laid out in an independent investigation report.
“The decision to terminate Mr. Mahanuke’s employment at the JRA complies with the Labour Relations Act, Schedule 8- Code of Good Practice on Dismissal, the relevant Case Law, and also considers the severe legal costs already incurred thus far,” Cilliers said.
“Mr. Mahanuke was granted seven days to appeal the decision of the Board of Directors on the termination of his employment and, to date, has not responded with counterevidence, though still has until Friday to do so.”