Primedia Broadcasting CEO Omar Essack has officially named Mark Jakins as the executive who resigned following misconduct charges.
It follows a social media backlash criticizing the company for not naming Jakins.
In our code of conduct we guarantee the confidentiality of this process until it is completed.— Omar Essack, Primedia Broadcasting CEO
Essack says a formal complaint was laid on Tuesday, after which Jakins was suspended. He then resigned on Monday when charges were laid.
Essack went on to refute claims that he had received an email complaining about Jakins last year. He says he asked the company's IT technicians to search for such an email from last year, but they couldn't find anything.
Not a single complaint came to me, so there is suggestion circulating on social media that implies I was informed prior to this particular incident. I want to make it abundantly clear to everyone that the first time I got to know about this incident, this sort of behavior, was on Tuesday when the formal compliant was laid.— Omar Essack, Primedia Broadcasting CEO
Primedia Broadcasting has since brought in counsellors to provide counselling and support to those affected.
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