Is Monica Mngadi on her way out?

2007-12-20 00:00

The bombshells may be starting to drop at Umgungundlovu. That is the word from sources close to the district municipality who allege that Monica Mngadi has resigned. The Witness was unable to get official confirmation of this yesterday.

While some sources were adamant that Mngadi would soon be leaving her post, others said that she was busy moving into the municipal manager’s newly renovated offices.

“I have also heard the rumours, but why would she do that if she has resigned?” asked one.

Another said he had heard that she would take up another post within the municipality. But there has been no formal announcement or letter of resignation tabled by the mayor at an executive council meeting confirming this.

According to various sources, Mngadi was asked by MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu to produce evidence of her qualifications. When this was not forthcoming, she was allegedly told to either bow out graciously and resign, or be fired. One source claimed that Mngadi had allegedly tried to enter into a bargain with Mabuyakhulu saying that she would vacate the manager job for the head of corporate services, but this was refused.

Some staff at the municipality were said to be planning a celebratory party at the news that Mngadi had resigned.

When approached for comment, Local Government Department spokesman, Lennox Mabaso, referred The Witness to the municipality, saying that it was a matter between the employer and the employee.

Attempts to reach Mayor Bongi Sithole were unsuccessful yesterday. The Witness was told that she was travelling back from Polokwane.

Mngadi too was not at her office yesterday when The Witness tried to contact her.

Her cellphone remained switched off and messages left with her personal assistant were not returned.

Mike Bond of the DA said that he had managed to contact Sithole, but she had claimed not to know anything about Mngadi’s alleged resignation.

He said that if she has resigned, it would prove that the DA was correct in not supporting her appointment.

Patrick Bhengu of the IFP confirmed that speculation around Mngadi’s resignation was widespread yesterday.

Mngadi landed in the limelight after The Witness revealed that the qualifications she claimed to have were not verified through certificates contained in her CV. Numerous appeals for her to produce evidence of a degree and an MBA were ignored. It was also revealed that she had been intimately involved with a college that awarded her honourary doctorate.

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