Alli wasn't forced to resign - Sanral

Sanral's board denies reports that CEO Nazir Alli was forced to step down.

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli resigned on 8 May, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s board on Wednesday denied reports that controversial CEO Nazir Alli was forced to resign.

But the agency admitted it was never given any reasons for his sudden exit.

On Wednesday, Koos Smit was appointed acting CEO and will take over from Alli in June.

Sanral's board said it will support Smit during this difficult time.

In a statement, the board confirmed Smit will stay on until a permanent CEO is appointed.

The Department of Transport said Alli will continue to help Sanral with major projects after his departure.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) called for the organisation's board to step down.