Public works MEC must explain ‘protection’ of sacked official

Anthony Benadie MPL

Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga public works, roads and transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu must explain why she overruled her HOD’s decision to dismiss an employee who was found guilty of falsifying his qualifications and misusing government vehicles.

According to reports, Mr Menzi Khumalo was found guilty of a number of offences and he was dismissed in March 2013. However, after following an appeal process, he was reinstated in October 2013.

While no details of his appeal are available, the evidence related to his conduct and qualifications are damning. Correspondence between HOD Kgopane Mohlasedi and former Director-General Jacob Rabodila showed how Mr Khumalo:

  • falsified his qualifications,
  • was responsible for the loss of millions through fruitless and wasteful expenditure,
  • his conduct brought the department into dispute, and
  • he misused government vehicles.

Furthermore, HOD Mohlasedi requested a forensic investigation into the finances of the cost centre, and to charge any officials concerned. He also requested the department to report possible fraud and corruption charges with the Hawks or SIU relating to Mr Khumalo’s purchase of three properties in Umjindini.

The MEC’s decision to reinstate Mr Khumalo is absurd, and clearly shows her misusing her position to undermine the interest of the state and public.

To this end the DA will write to the MEC, demanding she make public her reasons for reinstating Mr Khumalo. We will also write to the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Premier’s Integrity Management Unit to investigate the matter.

The DA will continue with our pressure until Mr Khumalo is removed from office and the investigations into the matter are concluded.