Siyabonga Dube gets fired again

2011-08-13 00:00

FIRED from two previous senior municipal posts, serial transgressor Siyabonga Dube still managed to secure a top job at a third municipality.

However, the law finally caught up with him and he was dismissed as the municipal manager of Okhahlamba last month.

Dube was first fired as corporate services manager at Sisonke Municipality over allegations of mismanagement.

He then secured a job at uMsekeli, the former development services board which became a municipal services support organisation.

When the organisation closed down he was chosen over and above other senior officials to stay on and assist the then Department of Local Government with winding down procedures.

However, by April 2010 the high court in Pietermaritzburg had granted the department an urgent application to have him removed from his job.

This was after he had fraudulently and illegally sold six plots of land belonging to the government and pocketed the money.

One of these plots in Waterfall in Durban was sold for over R600 000.

In court papers the then head of department for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Gabi Gumbi-Masilela, said fraud and misconduct that the department had uncovered in other areas suggested that the plot sales were part of a wider pattern.

Dube was apparently discovered selling the land when an attorney notified the department that he had been appointed by Dube to transfer the properties.

A short while later the post of the municipal manager at Okhahlamba was advertised and Dube applied and was appointed.

Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube said Dube was once more interdicted and expelled for not divulging his wrongdoings at uMsekeli.

The MEC was asked about Dube by George Mari of the Democratic Alliance during a parliamentary debate on the closure of uMsekeli on Thursday.

Dube said she “ had inherited this guy” when she became MEC.

She said he is being investigated by the Hawks and she is keeping a close eye on the progress of the investigation.

The Municipal Systems Amendment Bill passed earlier this year prohibits officials fired from one municipality being employed by another for a specific length of time. In the most serious cases, someone found guilty of fraud and corruption - the prohibition period is ten years.

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