South African Airways CEO Kalawe Resigns After Conduct Hearing

Monwabisi Kalawe, the suspended chief executive officer of South African Airways, has resigned with immediate effect from the unprofitable state-owned carrier after facing a disciplinary hearing into alleged misconduct.

Kalawe, who was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing last year and denies wrongdoing, will receive three-months’ salary in lieu of notice plus an additional three months’ pay for agreeing to resign, the Johannesburg-based airline said in a statement on Friday. Kalawe’s lawyer, Maurice Crespi, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

“Both parties agreed that the employment relationship between Mr. Kalawe and SAA had irretrievably broken down and that Mr. Kalawe would not seek to continue employment at SAA,” the company said. “This settlement will enable SAA to focus its full attention on the operational challenges facing SAA.”

Kalawe was suspended from Africa’s biggest airline over allegations that included the use of company equipment to record colleagues in his fight against a sexual harassment claim and that he had an affair with a co-worker. SAA has been led in the interim by Nico Bezuidenhout, who was drafted in from the company’s discount unit Mango.

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