New uMvoti manager misused money in govt

2008-11-11 00:00

“The IFP in the uMvoti Municipality has employed a tried and tested thief.”

This is how ANC councillor Philani Mavundla, a Greytown businessman, has reacted to the appointment of Hamilton Ntshangase as the municipal manager at uMvoti.

Both the ANC and the DA have voiced their disapproval at the appointment of Ntshangase, who about five years ago, while employed by the provincial Arts and Culture Department, was found guilty of misconduct and the misuse of R2,5 million of public funds.

DA councillor Paul Buss said the DA is “shocked”. He said Ntshangase was given a final written warning in his previous capacity as provincial Arts and Culture director after an internal disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of 12 counts of misconduct involving the misuse of R2,5 million.

He said this included using departmental assets valued at R200 000 in his home.

“We call on the IFP administration to reconsider and reverse this ill-considered appointment,” he added.

DA and ANC councillors last week wrote a letter to the Local Government Department about the appointment.

However, uMvoti mayor Petros Ngubane said Ntshangase’s appointment will stand. He said the ANC and the DA were supposed to be present when candidates were interviewed, but they opted to walk out.

“Complaining about [Ntshangase’s] appointment is a fruitless exercise because it is done. I have known him for a long time and he is well known for his sterling work,” said Ngubane.

He said Ntshangase’s past “does not concern” him.

Numerous attempts to contact the man at the centre of the controversy proved fruitless yesterday. According to his personal assistant, Kajal Maharaj, Ntshangase was in a meeting. “He has advised me that he does not have any response for you at this stage,” Maharaj told The Witness.

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