Market Theatre Foundation Council welcomes conclusion of disciplinary hearing process

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JOHANNESBURG, 20 August 2019.

The Council of the Market Theatre Foundation (MTF) is pleased to announce the conclusion of the disciplinary hearing process instituted against five staff members earlier this year.

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Four staff members – Ismail Mahomed (CEO), Christine McDonald (CFO), Zama Buthelezi (Brand and Communications Manager) and Lusanda Zokufa (Senior Publicist) were found not guilty at the disciplinary hearing process, chaired by independent labour experts. Perpetua Mathsa (HR Manager), was found guilty on one of the charges put to her. This will be addressed in line with the recommendation of the Chair of the hearings.

The disciplinary hearing process emanated from an independent investigation commissioned by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture as a result of various allegations that had dogged the Market Theatre Foundation. The investigation identified several matters that were recommended for disciplinary action on the part of five MTF staff and its then Chairman, Kwanele Gumbi.

Mr Gumbi was relieved of his duties by Minister Nathi Mthetwa in December 2018, and new Council Members were appointed to replace those that had resigned.

Speaking on behalf of the MTF Council, the current Chairperson, Gerald Dumas, said that the past eighteen months have been a very difficult and painful period in the institution’s illustrious 42-year history, from which important lessons has been learned.

“We welcome the outcome of the hearings that reaffirms the confidence of the current Council in the MTF management and staff, and that the dark cloud that had hung over them has now been lifted.

“The MTF Council expresses its gratitude to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture for its ongoing support and guidance, our funders for their steadfast loyalty, management and staff for their continued commitment to their duties, and our patrons for their ongoing support. We will work together in maintaining our position as a premier Arts and Culture institution in South Africa, and maintaining strong local and international networks“, Mr Dumas said.

The MTF Council is committed to working towards improving relations with the MTF team by providing continued strategic leadership. The MTF Management is committed to ensure that internal policies, the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and other relevant legislation are strictly adhered to. The MTF Council also laments the manner in which these issues have been reported in some media during this period.

ISSUED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE MARKET THEATRE FOUNDATION

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