Top Africa Fund’s Managers Wait on Inquiry Clearance for Bonuses

(Bloomberg) --

Executives at Africa’s biggest fund manager won’t be paid bonuses until it’s been determined whether they played a role in the collapse of governance at the institution.

South Africa’s National Treasury instructed the Public Investment Corp., which mainly manages the pensions of government workers, to withhold incentive payments until the outcome is known of a judicial commission of inquiry that took place year, it said. Its findings are currently being considered by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and haven’t been made public.

The instruction to the PIC was “to enable the board and the minister to be in a better position to consider the implications of paying bonuses to executives and managers who may have been responsible for the governance fallout,” the Treasury said in a response to questions.

The 2.13 trillion-rand ($133-billion) money manager faced allegations of corruption, political interference and governance lapses during months of testimony at the so-called Mpati Commission. A number of senior executives left and at least two are demanding the payment of their incentives.

The executives were told in a letter last year that they would not be paid the incentives, if at all, until after the commission’s report had been completed, the Treasury said.

The PIC has said it didn’t pay out long-term incentives for the 2017-18 financial year, while long- and short-term incentives for the 2018-19 year have been withheld. In total, 51 million rand of incentives have been kept back.

Dan Matjila, the fund manager’s former chief executive officer, is due 10.7 million rand, according to its annual reports. Matshepo More, his replacement who is on suspension on allegations she interfered with the commission, is due 6.7 million rand.

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