Mdladlana wants KPMG to release labour report

2010-06-08 11:10

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has challenged KPMG to release

the supposed audit report that unearthed “massive fraud and corruption” at his

department.

“The report, which surfaced at the weekend, is persistently in the

midst of the raging storm over the suspension of the director general of labour,

Jimmy Manyi,” he said today.

This was despite Mdladlana’s response that it was sheer

speculation.

Mdladlana was adamant he had no knowledge of such an audit report

being commissioned by his department.

“I have never discussed such a report with my director general,” he

said.

He, therefore, appealed to KPMG to release the report which was

claimed to implicate senior officials of his department.

Mdladlana reiterated his caution that it was incorrect for anyone

to come up with unwarranted speculation and blatant lies related to Manyi’s

suspension.

On Sunday, Mdladlana said newspaper reports following Manyi’s

suspension were mischievous.

Mdladlana was responding to a report in the Sunday Times that

attributed Manyi’s suspension to a KPMG forensic audit report that “unearthed

massive fraud and corruption” in the department.

“Again, this is a classic example of statements that are devoid of

any shred of truth which add deeper darkness to a night already devoid of

stars.

“It is totally incorrect for anyone to come up with unwarranted

speculation and blatant lies related to the suspension,” he said.

Manyi made headlines recently when Norway’s ambassador to South

Africa requested a meeting with Mdladlana to raise concerns about his conduct

during an official meeting.

“There were certain things discussed and the way in which they were

brought up in that meeting, we did not appreciate,” Ambassador Tor

Christian-Hilda told Sapa last Thursday.

Christian-Hilda and two other senior diplomats from the Norwegian

mission met Manyi in Pretoria in early March to discuss Norway’s co-operation

with South Africa’s decent work programme through the International Labour

Organisation.

He said black economic empowerment policies were discussed at the

meeting, but declined to elaborate further on his reasons for sending a

diplomatic note to International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite

Nkoana-Mashabane, from where the matter was passed on to Mdladlana.



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