Mabuza ‘releases’ DG from position

2012-08-08 13:27

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has fired the province’s top civil servant four months before his contract expires.

Mabuza announced provincial director-general (DG) Jacob Rabodila’s dismissal in a statement today but did not disclose the reasons.

He said Rabodila had been “released” from his duties with effect from August 6.

“The decision follows lengthy discussions and consultation between the two which ended with an amicable agreement,” said Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango.

“All guidelines and frameworks as prescribed by the Ministry of Public Service and Administration have been considered by the premier to release the director-general,” he added.

Deputy DG for macro policy and planning, Thulani Mdakane, will act in Rabodila’s position.

At the time of Rabodila’s appointment in 2010, the Sowetan newspaper reported that the former DG had been suspended for misconduct while serving as municipal manager of Merafong municipality.

Mabuza’s office said at the time that it was unaware of Rabodila’s suspension.

DA provincial leader Anthony Benadie said Mabuza should disclose why he chose to dismiss the DG.

“The premier has a duty to the people of Mpumalanga to explain the reasons behind removing the most senior civil servant in the province, and the extent of the burden that Rabodila’s golden handshake will have on the taxpayer,” Benadie said.

Rabodila could not be reached for comment.

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