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DenelCity Press reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) has threatened legal action to have the recent appointment of Denel group chief executive Daniel du Toit set aside.  

Lawyers representing the BMF have sent a letter of demand to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan requesting further information related to the appointment – failing which, they say, they will approach the courts.  Du Toit was appointed last month with the approval of Cabinet and is set to start his new job this month.  According to the letter, the BMF has expressed a number of concerns regarding the appointment, including a lack of gender parity at Denel.  The letter details the information required and gives Gordhan Thursday as the deadline to respond or face legal action.  BMF spokesperson Philippe Bakahoukoutela said their main objective in the matter was for the government to provide justifiable reasons for appointing a white male to run a state-owned enterprise (SOE) when there were capable black professionals who could do the job.  Bakahoukoutela confirmed that, should the matter go to court, the BMF would seek to have the appointment set aside.

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