By Staff Writer
A former executive chairman of Dimension Data’s Africa and Middle East operations has accused the South African-based tech giant of institutional racism.
Andile Ngcaba, who became executive chairman of the tech firm in 2004 after his firm Convergence Partners bought a 25% interest in Dimension Data, has alleged that his former employer has discriminated and treated him unfairly.
Ngcaba told Business Day newspaper that he learnt in May 2016 that Dimension Data’s executive directors, including his juniors, were benefiting from a long-term incentive scheme, from which he was excluded.
“The directors need to disclose on what basis was I excluded from this scheme…. This for me is institutional racism,” said Ngcaba told Business Day.
“I am pursuing this on a basis of principle. If this is happening at my level, how much more on a junior level?”
Ngcaba is taking Dimension Data to labour authorities over claims of discrimination and unfair remuneration practices.
In July, Convergence Partners sold its shareholding in Dimension Data for an undisclosed amount and Ngcaba stepped down as executive chairman.
The contractual investment term with Dimension Data ended in September 2016 and Convergence Partners negotiated a “consensual exit to the investment” with the IT company.
In 2004, the BEE Consortium held a 25.01% equity stake in Dimension Data South Africa – now Dimension Data Middle East and Africa (DDMEA) – valued at R380 million. For more read: Andile Ngcaba Bows Out After 13 years, Sells His Stake in Dimension Data