Duty Free Zone in Durban Fires CEO for Hiding Criminal Record

The Dube TradePort Corp., which manages a special economic zone at the international airport serving South Africa’s third-largest city of Durban, said it fired its chief executive officer for failing to disclose a criminal conviction.

Saxen van Coller was dismissed with immediate effect, Dube TradePort’s board said in a statement Monday. Van Coller didn’t report her criminal conviction when she was appointed CEO in 2013, it said. Attempts to reach Van Coller by mobile phone and e-mail weren’t successful.

The special zone is alongside the King Shaka International Airport, 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Durban. Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, plans a television manufacturing plant at the site that’s scheduled to open this year.

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