Pretoria: Suspended South African Airways (SAA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Monwabisi Kalawe has resigned with immediate effect, the national carrier confirmed on Friday.
Kalawe had filed an urgent application in the Labour Court in respect of two alleged protected disclosures and referred to arbitration before Advocate Nazeer Cassim SC was argued by the parties’ legal representatives on Friday, 17 April 2015.
The airline said during the arbitration proceedings, both parties agreed that the employment relationship between Kalawe and SAA had irretrievably broken down and that Kalawe would not seek to continue employment at the national carrier.
“The parties have now agreed that Mr Kalawe will resign his position as the CEO and as a director of SAA with immediate effect, thus rendering further disciplinary proceedings unnecessary. Mr Kalawe will receive a payment from SAA in lieu of his contractual three months’ notice and outstanding leave pay up to the termination date,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.
In addition, he will receive an ex gratia payment equivalent to an additional three months’ notice in return for agreeing to give his notice of resignation with immediate effect.
The parties believe that this resolution avoids further expensive and protracted litigation, which is not in the interest of either party and is ultimately in the best interests of both parties and the public good.
“This settlement will enable SAA to focus its full attention on the operational challenges facing SAA,” said Tlali.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS