Marcel Golding resigns from

Marcel Golding on Sunday resigned as executive chairperson of Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), as well as its subsidiary Sabido and broadcaster

He was informed on Monday that he had lost his bid in the Cape labour court to halt a disciplinary action over his decision to buy R24-milliom worth of shares in Ellis Holding without consultation. He presented his urgent application to the court on Friday.  Golding, in a letter sent to staff at said he planned to bring charges of unfair dismissal against HCI. 

In a statement released internally to the group on Monday, Golding said that he denied the disciplinary action charges. “You are aware of the reports in the newspapers over the past few days and the fact that I was suspended and expected to face certain charges brought against me by HCI.”

“I deny these charges. I am of the view that the manner in which HCI intended to conduct my hearing as well as the circumstances which led to the decision to bring charges against me has rendered my employment relationship with HCI intolerable.” 

“The relationship of confidence and trust between myself and the board of HCI has broken down due to the manner in which the HCI board has conducted itself.”

“In the circumstances, I have been forced to resign and I will in due course be bringing a claim of unfair dismissal on the grounds that I have been constructively dismissed,” the statement reads. 

A senior staff member said Golding has resigned from all positions where he held employee status but would hold his directorship positions, including that on HCI. 

Golding was suspended from investment company Hosken on October 22, following a special committee hearing into allegations of gross misconduct related to the purchase of the shares. He said he acted in good faith and in the best interests of Hosken when he instructed Investec to buy the stock on behalf of Sabido Investments, of which he is chief executive. 

Sabido is the parent company of 

The judge dismissed Golding’s argument that he was employed by Sabido and and not HCI. Golding had said this meant that HCI was not entitled to take action against him.

Judge Steenkamp acknowledged the seriousness of allegations made by Golding in his affidavit for an urgent hearing, that he was being victimised because he would not bow to political interference.

He said while the allegations were “on the face of it, not without substance”, the charges against Golding bore no reference to editorial content. “It’s that share price purchase without authorisation that led to the pending disciplinary hearing that lies at the heart of this application,” Judge Steenkamp said.

No costs awarded
He said Golding could not return to the work as he wished, and rejected the argument that HCI’s disciplinary hearing against him would damage his reputation and harm the companies he ran, saying the hearing was only set down for a week.

Steenkamp agreed with Golding’s concern that a chairperson had been chosen by HCI to hear the matter, but said that “as HCI’s counsel pointed out, in almost every disciplinary hearing a representative of the employer acts as the chairperson”. 

Steenkamp opted not to award costs, saying the relationship between Golding and Copelyn had already suffered sufficient damage, and this might jeopardise any future hope of it being restored.

Golding has also applied for the matter to be heard before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

Meanwhile, Barbara Hogan also resigned from her position on the HCI board as independent non-executive director on Monday. The highly respected former public enterprises minister and ANC member’s reasons for resigning have not been made public.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories


Subscribers only

Poachers in prisons tell their stories

Interviews with offenders provide insight into the structure of illegal wildlife trade networks

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

More top stories

The politics of the Zuma-Zondo showdown

Any move made by the Zondo commission head or by former president Jacob Zuma must be calculated, because one mistake from either side could lead to a political fallout

Museveni declared winner of disputed Uganda election

Security personnel out in force as longtime president wins sixth term and main challenger Bobi Wine alleges rigging.

Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without...

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…