Senior official holding positions within two different government departments

By Sizwe Mchunu, MPL, DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison:

YESTERDAY, during a Community Safety and Liaison portfolio committee meeting, it emerged that a senior KZN state official is currently holding positions within two different provincial government departments.

At the meeting committee members were told that Community Safety department Chief Financial Officer, Eric Ramsamy, had been instructed by the CCMA to report for work at KZN’s Public Works department last week.  This after his protracted legal battle with the former came to an end.

In line with the CCMA’s recommendations, Ramsamy has not returned to his post within the Community Safety department.   He has also not formally resigned though, which means that he is currently in the employ of two different departments – a situation which the DA regards as untenable.

Technically, this renders the Community Safety department ‘in limbo’ as far as the role of CFO is concerned.  This spells bad news for a department which needs to have its finger on the pulse in every area.

The entire situation requires clarification in terms of whether this individual is drawing two salaries from two different government departments.

The DA expects KZN Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu, to provide an assurance to the people of KZN that this is not the case.  We also expect him to detail what his department is doing in its efforts to secure a Chief Financial Officer.