Silence over Truter probe

Pupkewitz Holdings refuses to disclose any details regarding the probe into sexual misconduct of its CEO, Dougie Truter.

22 July 2019 | Local News

Namibia's second largest private employer, Pupkewitz Holdings, remains tight-lipped regarding the suspension of its CEO, Dougie Truter (52).

Roughly three weeks after a South African legal team was appointed to probe allegations of inappropriate conduct against Truter, Pupkewitz still refuses to comment on the “nature of the issues”.

According to the company's spokesperson, Rosemary Shippiki, Truter was suspended as a “precautionary measure”.

Shippiki told Namibian Sun that a number of “behavioural issues brought to the attention of the board” had obliged the company to launch an investigation.

“The board resolved that it would be prudent to suspend Truter as a precautionary measure while the investigation is ongoing. No further information can be shared at this time due to the nature of the investigation. The process must first be completed,” she said.

Truter was appointed four years ago to replace business stalwart Harold Pupkewitz. Truter hails from Wellington in the Western Cape and matriculated at Hugenote High School.

Bloomberg reports that he was the CEO of Imperial Logistics Consumer Division in South Africa, as well as a director at Imperial Logistics.

Since his appointment, Pupkewitz Holdings has widened its footprint by purchasing the local BMW franchise, as well as digital payment platform PayToday and a 50% share in agricultural retailer Kaap Agri.

Truter did not respond to repeated requests for comment. A close family friend told Namibian Sun that he is a family man and “loves his wife and son very much”.

RONELLE RADEMEYER

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