Nelson Mandela Foundation Fires CEO for Unbecoming Conduct

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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The Nelson Mandela Foundation has taken the decisive step of terminating the employment of its CEO, Sello Hatang, due to concerns over his conduct within the organization. Following Hatang’s resignation announcement last month, the foundation received employee complaints that raised distressing issues for both the foundation itself and its stakeholders.

Although the specific details of the complaints have not been disclosed, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, the foundation’s chairperson, confirmed that Hatang’s behavior was deemed unbecoming and incompatible with his position of leadership.

To ensure a fair and impartial investigation, Hatang was placed on special leave while serving his notice period, allowing the independent investigation to proceed. After careful consideration of the investigation’s findings, the foundation’s board concluded that Hatang’s conduct was unacceptable and warranted immediate dismissal. This decision was made with the utmost fairness and without prejudice, ensuring that the foundation upholds its principles and values.

In the wake of Hatang’s departure, the board has appointed Professor Verne Harris as the acting CEO. Moving forward, the foundation will initiate the process of selecting a new CEO, while also working closely with the interim management team to restore and rebuild staff morale.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation remains committed to its mission and is determined to navigate through this challenging episode, ensuring that it continues to honor the legacy and ideals of Nelson Mandela in the most respectful and impactful manner possible.

Afaf Al Fahchouch

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