Commander Tsietsi Mokhele who has been in the position as South African Maritime Safety Authority CEO since 2008, resigned with immediate effect.
According to an impeccable source, he did not see eye to eye with transport minister Dipou Peters.
“Due to political interference and bulldozing of management, he felt he was being overlooked.
He knew his job description very well and the industry respected him. Yes, he was pushed and could not stomach the run-ins at the organization he built exceedingly well,” said the source.
Said the source further ‘he did not bring any trouble or whatsoever, as his name Tsietsi suggest’.
Mokhele has been a driving force in the maritime sector promoting the industry, particularly at a government level.
Sobantu Tilayi (COO) will take over as acting CEO in the interim.
At the time of publishing both transport and SAMSA spokespersons were not available for comment.