Land boss ‘must go’

2009-06-04 00:00

EMPLOYEES at the KZN Regional Land Claims Department are calling for the embattled land claims commissioner Siduduzile Sosibo to be fired immediately following a damning forensic report.

National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu)’s regional secretary, Khaye Nkwanyana, said the forensic report, which found maladministration on the part of Sosibo, has confirmed that the allegations made by the staff were true.

Sosibo is alleged to have contravened procurement procedures and displayed favouritism in appointing staff.

The call from the union on behalf of the workers, said Nkwanyana, is for the disciplinary actions recommended on the findings of the investigation to be sped up so that Sosibo can be removed as a land claims commissioner.

“The new minister [of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Peterson] must demonstrate that the new government is intolerant of things such as financial maladministration and hold disciplinary hearings as quickly as possible,” said Nkwanyana.

Nehawu also called for the immediate appointment of an acting land claims commissioner so that backlogs on land claims can be attended to until a “competent” commissioner is employed.

“We want a competent commissioner that will not delay land claims. The new commissioner should have good management skills and we call upon the new minister to ensure this happens,” added Nkwanyana.

Chief land claims commissioner, Blessing Mphela, visited the KZN land claims office in Pietermaritzburg yesterday and The Witness has learnt that he met with senior management.

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