Roads agency CEO gets chop

Publication: Times Live
Author: SIPHO MASOMBUKA
Collins Letsoalo

Collins Letsoalo

The Road Traffic Management Corporation’s acting CEO, Collins Letsoalo, was told by the agency’s shareholders’ committee yesterday that he had been fired.

The Times has reliably learned that the committee, made up of Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters and transport MECs, decided at a meeting in Kempton Park last Friday to get rid of Letsoalo.

It is not clear why Letsoalo was fired but insiders are saying that he is paying the price for “his firm anti-corruption stance”.

In a letter addressed to Peters and the secretariat of the shareholders’ committee, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union expressed its shock at the “preposterous, unanimous decision. to recall the current acting CEO”.

The letter, from the chairman of the union’s road traffic management committee, Tebogo Kgwedi, read: “We believe we should have been consulted in this matter which will adversely affect our members …”

After receiving several death threats, Letsoalo was given bodyguards paid for by the agency, a source said.

Members of his family reportedly had people following them and, in early April, his children had been “visited” at school.

Letsoalo would not confirm or deny that he had been fired. He said he would comment “when the time is right”.

But he confirmed that the agency had assigned bodyguards to him early last year to ensure his safety.

Letsoalo said the threats intensified after he alleged fraud and corruption by Tasima – the consortium awarded the R408-million Electronic National Traffic Information System (e-Natis) in 2001 – in a complaint to the Hawks in February.

“I am a principled person and I will continue to be. I was raised that way, I will die this way. My family is probably scared but I am not scared,” he said.

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