Sunday, January 17, 2010

South Africa - Union wants Vodacom facts - Demands release of forensic report on former chief

[times live] Though Vodacom says it will take no action against former chief executive Alan Knott-Craig Snr in connection with allegations that he exploited the cellphone company's resources for the benefit of his family, there are calls for the report alleging misconduct to be released.

Following a Sunday Times report into the alleged misconduct, Aubrey Tshabalala, an official of the Communications Workers' Union at the cellular giant, told The Times that senior union leaders would meet this morning to discuss the allegations.

Tshabalala said the union had received a "huge response" from workers who wanted answers about the allegations that Vodacom was trying to suppress a forensic report into Knott-Craig Snr's dealings compiled by auditors KPMG.

The Sunday Times reported that the KPMG report into damaging claims made by two whistle-blowers, both senior executives in the company at the time, were of nepotism, corporate malpractice and violations of corporate governance standards.

" We want a full report and investigation ," said Tshabalala. "We have been saying for a long time that there should be a disclosure of information from the KPMG report. Some of our members were dismissed because they wanted to disclose the information in the report." He was referring to a Labour Court dispute with one of the whistle-blowers - whom the company claims it fired for "grossly inappropriate conduct".

Union wants Vodacom facts - Demands release of forensic report on former chief

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