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SantamTimeslive reports that a senior manager at financial services giant Santam has been placed on suspension after he allegedly made after-hours calls soliciting “adult entertainment” from a recruiter who was head-hunting him.  

The outing of Santam head of finance, Soomeshan Pather, on social media last weekend by Yoni Titi, a recruitment specialist and director of Yoni Titi Human Capital, unearthed similar allegations and led to disciplinary action against Pather.  On Friday, Pather defended himself against the allegations‚ saying an internal disciplinary hearing last November had found him not guilty on all charges‚ except for one of conduct unbecoming of a manager “where I had nudged (a former personal assistant) aside with a ruler”.  Times Select spoke to three other women, including the former PA who laid the formal complaint with Santam, who have since left Santam as a result of Pather’s behaviour.  The women had contacted Titi after seeing her post and shared their stories.  Sanlam spokesman Thabo Mabaso indicated:  “Santam takes this matter very seriously and is committed to following a transparent process, within the ambit of the law.  We hope to conclude the investigation as soon as possible.”

  • Read this report by Sabelo Skiti in full at Times Select (paywall access)

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