MTN mess continues

Former MTN chief corporate services officer Robert Madzonga has filed legal papers against the cellular company over his suspension, arguing that he was suspended because of an internal grievance claim against senior manager Lily Zondo.

The Sunday Times reported that MTN executive business risk manager Shauket Fakie “accused Madzonga of being economical with the truth when he was previously investigated by PwC for a series of dodgy invoices”.

The Sunday Times previously reported on that Madzonga authorised R12.3 million in questionable payments to a legal friend.

Business Times reported that his suspension was also linked to his role in the diversion of sponsorship funds for the ICT indaba – the same incident which brought down former communications minister Dina Pule.

Madzonga’s suspension came less than a month after MTN announced that group chief financial officer and executive financial director, Nazir Patel had resigned amid controversy which includes an internal investigation.

In the latest incident Eleanor Potter – GM for branded retail channel at MTN – has left the company. MTN confirmed that an investigation had been launched against Potter in 2012.

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