Agric MEC vows to act over Adam allegations

2008-08-13 00:00

KZN Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu has promised to take “harsh action” against acting head of department Siddiq Adam if an investigation into the allegations levelled against him confirms that he acted improperly.

But the MEC expressed disbelief that individuals within his department are calling for his sacking and that of Adam. The call was made on Monday. Workers expressed their dissatisfaction with Adam, alleging racial discrimination and chaos in the department under his leadership.

The workers also called for the re-appointment of former head of department Dr Jabulani Mjwara.

He resigned after a forensic investigation into financial mismanagement. Details of the investigation have never been made public.

Mthimkhulu said the department is at the centre of food security and the well being of citizens of the province and the country in general. “We produce tons of food, which is sold to people beyond the borders of our country. Therefore, we will never allow anyone in the department to act in a manner that seeks to compromise the productivity of the department.”

Union representatives said they submitted a memorandum outlining the workers’ grievances to the premier’s office. However, KZN director-general Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa said yesterday that he had not received it.

Meanwhile, yesterday morning The Witness was alerted to the fact that a senior manager was locked out of her office as she was blamed for making the claims against Adam.

She set up a “desk” at a table in the grounds outside the Cedara office. According to sources, the locks to her office were changed on Friday and she was not aware that she had been suspended. Employees said they are outraged at the “victimisation of a woman during Women’s Month”.

Attempts to contact Adam were unsuccessful.

thandom@witness.co.za

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