DA: Former city mayor's call-up to Health dept is astounding

2011-06-07 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed shock at the appointment of former Msunduzi mayor, Zanele Hlatshwayo as manager of youth, gender and transformation with the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department.

Hlatshwayo was employed in the position on June 1.

DA KZN Health spokesperson John Steenhuisen said it was astounding that the very provincial government that had stripped her of her mayoral post had now employed her.

“It also simply beggars belief that the Health Department, which is battling to shake off an image of corruption and maladministration after the tenure of the previous MEC, has decided to employ Hlatshwayo.”

Steenhuisen said that for as long as forensic reports emanating from Msunduzi municipality remained unreleased, it was “simply wrong” for Hlatshwayo to announce that she was in the clear.

“Msunduzi was brought to its knees by rampant maladministration and corruption,” he said.

“As former mayor and Exco chair, Zanele Hlatshwayo still has a great deal to answer for regarding her disastrous tenure as political head of that municipality.

“For her to be employed by the Health Department at this stage is wholly premature, the department should, at the very least, have waited for the release of the forensic investigation before appointing her to this senior position.”

Steenhuisen said Hlatshwayo’s appointment boiled down to cadre deployment.

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