Vodacom nepotism scandal

The Sunday Times today reported that one of South Africa’s most prominent telecoms personalities, Alan Knott-Craig, exploited his position as Vodacom CEO to benefit his family.  According to the newspaper Vodacom is fighting to “keep secret a potentially embarrassing and explosive forensic report from KPMG concerning allegations that former CEO Alan Knott-Craig snr exploited the cellular company’s resources for the benefit of his family.”

The Sunday Times further reports that some of the “charges levelled against Knott-Craig snr are that his son, Alan Knott-Craig jnr, was given office space and millions of rands to build and promote his businesses; that a company owned by his niece and nephew, and which was on the verge of bankruptcy, was awarded an exclusive multi-million three-year marketing and advertising contract without a proper tender process; and that he arranged for Vodacom to pay tens of thousands of rands for a call centre employee to be trained as a magician.”

Knott-Craig officially resigned as Vodacom CEO in June 2008, and was succeeded by Pieter Uys who took the helm at the cellular giant in October 2008.  Knott-Craig was highly regarded in the cellular industry, receiving international accolades including being inducted as one of the eight Gold Members of the GSM Association’s 2001 inaugural “Roll of Honor”.

Knott-Craig said at the time that he will spend time on his hobbies like wildlife photography, ornithology, philately and genealogy.

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