Renowned economic commentator, Thabi Leoka, has made the decision to step down from her roles as a non-executive director and board member at Anglo American.
In a letter addressed to the company’s shareholders on Monday, Anglo-American confirmed Leoka’s immediate resignation. The reasons cited for her departure include the need to address concerns surrounding her academic qualifications and attend to her health.
Leoka, an economist of note, found herself at the centre of controversy when doubts were raised about the validity of her PhD in Economic History.
Allegations emerged suggesting that she had obtained the doctorate qualification from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. However, public records only indicate that she was awarded a master’s degree in 2004.
While Leoka maintains that she holds a PhD, the discrepancy between her claims and the available evidence has sparked widespread debate and scrutiny.
As a result, she has decided to step down from her positions at Anglo American in order to focus on addressing these concerns and attending to her personal well-being.
Anglo American, a leading mining company, acknowledged Leoka’s resignation and expressed gratitude for her contributions during her tenure. They also assured shareholders that they would promptly initiate the process of finding a suitable replacement.
As the situation unfolds, the spotlight remains on Thabi Leoka and the questions surrounding her academic qualifications. The outcome of these investigations will undoubtedly shape her future career and reputation within the economic community.