SACP calls for probe into Mngadi’s spending

2008-01-30 00:00

THE South African Communist Party’s Umgungundlovu branch has welcomed Monica Mngadi’s resignation from the post of municipal manager at the Umgungundlovu District municipality, saying that she “did not deserve” the position.

Matthews Ndlovu, district secretary, released a statement this week, saying that before she leaves, Mngadi should reinstate Alfred Ntlabathi, previously policy development officer, at the municipality, who they say was unfairly dismissed.

Ntlabathi is also the deputy secretary of the PMB central branch of the party.

Meanwhile, the Pietermaritzburg central branch of the SACP has called on Mngadi to pay back the taxpayer’s “money she earned, plus interest”.

Branch secretary Thulani Gabela said that they felt vindicated by Mngadi’s resignation after they had called for this last year. He described her request to be returned back to the manager of corporate services as a “desperate attempt to save her career”.

Gabela reiterated the call for Ntlabathi’s reinstatement and said that women empowerment was about giving fair opportunities to women who were reasonably qualified with high potential.

“Monica Mngadi has caused more than enough bad publicity to our capital district; she has caused the most unprecedented damage.”

He called on Mngadi to account for the R114 million spent in five months, July to November last year, by the municipality.

“We demand that the council invite the law enforcement agencies to investigate possible charges of maladministration, fraud, corruption, false claims of qualification and abuse of public funds for anyone involved.”

Treasury recently advised the council to reduce their monthly expenditure from R20 million per month to just R3,7 million a month for the rest of the financial year.

Mngadi was appointed as municipal manager on October 1 last year, at a salary package of R950 004 per annum.

Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the department was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Deputy Mayor, Aubrey Lukhele, said that he was unable to speak to The Witness yesterday, but said that he could be contacted today.

stephs@witness.co.za

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