James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition
The ANC in Mpumalanga once again exposed its hypocrisy when it redeployed convicted sex pest and municipality-destroying Mr George Mthimunye as executive manager corporate services in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature.
Mr Mthimunye was found guilty on charges of sexual harassment while serving as municipal manager at the Dr JS Moroka municipality, suspended from the Naledi Municipality in the North West for artificially inflating tenders, and eventually suspended from the Emalahleni municipality when it was placed under Section 139 administration in April last year.
It is a sad day indeed for our democratic order that a person of Mthimunye’s controversial stature should be given this appointment, and the ripples will be felt for many years to come.
It is incontrovertible proof that while premier Mabuza and the ANC say one thing about good governance and acting in the interests of the people, they do the complete opposite.
There is no way that the premier can provide any satisfactory explanation for the suitability of Mr Mthimunye, who single-handedly oversaw the final collapse of Emalahleni, for this legislature position.
All it shows is how a comrade, no matter how bad he is, or how much damage he has done, can simply be redeployed after spending almost a year on suspension, without any consequences.
The provincial legislature must be beyond reproach as an institution of accountability and oversight, and the ANC must not turn it into a dumping ground for failed officials.