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blsaBusinessLive reports that Imperial Holdings CEO Mark Lamberti is expected to resign from the board of Business Leadership SA (BLSA) this week, following the recent ruling in the High Court in Pretoria that he had discriminated against a former employee.  

The court found that Lamberti had wrongfully impaired the dignity of former Imperial employee Adila Chowan by referring to her as a "female employment equity candidate".  BLSA CEO Bonang Mohale said on Sunday:  "Mark Lamberti has asked for more time to properly craft his letter to the BLSA board" and that Lamberti would resign "on his own accord".  Lamberti last week buckled under a "social-media frenzy" and resigned from Eskom’s board.  He initially said that calls for his resignation were fuelled by political agendas and legally incorrect interpretations of the court judgment.  In his resignation letter to Eskom, Lamberti said that while mistakes were made and important lessons needed to be learnt, there were no findings in the judgment of race or gender discrimination against him.  "This decision is motivated by my fiduciary duty to Eskom and my consistent and proven record of acting insofar as possible in the best interests of SA," Lamberti wrote.  Despite his resignation from Eskom and expected resignation from BLSA, Lamberti does not look set to step down as CEO of Imperial.  In a letter to staff at the automotive retailer on Thursday, he said that his reference to Chowan was not intended to demean her and that his comment had been misconstrued.


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