‘He looked for an easy way out’

2011-12-06 13:15

Mpumalanga human settlements head David Dube has not reinstated the department’s fired chief finance officer (CFO) because the matter is being taken on review.

Cyril Dlamini won his appeal in the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC) after Dube had fired him on July 31 for illegal entry into government offices while he was on suspension for writing an affidavit in support of the department’s supply chain management director, Lucky Monareng, who refused to be transferred to a lower position.

Monareng refused to be transferred to be a director at Ehlanzeni region and has taken the matter to the Labour Court.

Human settlements spokesperson Freddy Ngobe said the department wanted the GPSSBC ruling reviewed and therefore did not give Dlamini his job back.

“No, the department has taken the ruling of the Commissioner of the Arbitration for review at the Labour Court,” Ngobe said.

Dlamini’s dismissal and Monareng’s transfer has, however, been interpreted by some as Dube’s attempt to remove them because of their outspokenness and opposition to “questionable” transactions in the department.

The duo has opposed Dube on two transactions:

» The alleged flouting of tender procedures in the allocation of RDP housing contracts worth R331.2 million in the 2010/2011 financial year. Dube ignored Mpumalanga treasury department’s advice that as this tender was above R500 000 it should be advertised for competitive bidding. Dlamini advised Dube on this matter.

These tenders benefited politicians and well-connected individuals.

Dube has said that the treasury department and the auditor-general’s (AG) office had condoned the use of a closed bidding method by selecting contractors from the database for the RDP projects.

» The purchase of two pieces of land from Bongiveli CC at a high prices. The company bought 70 hectares of land outside Malalane for R41 million this year and sold it to the department for R50 million on August 18, making a cool R9 million profit.

Early this year, Bongiveli CC bought 414ha outside Ermelo for R11.9 million and within a month sold it to the department for R36 million, making R24.1-million profit.

In their response, the department pointed out that two valuers gave it reports on the sale of land.

GPSSBC panellist Isaiah Shongwe found Dlamini’s dismissal to be unfair because there were no conditions stated on his suspension letter and ordered that Dube should reinstate him by Tuesday last week.

Shongwe described the charges against him as “scandalous”.

“(Dube) seemed to have looked for an easy way out in order to get rid of (Dlamini).

One wonders why (Dube) left out the other misconduct charges (betraying trust by writing the affidavit) and opted to pursue this one (of illegal entry).

It seems there’s more than we’re told,” Shongwe said.

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