Transport’s media man Jubasi dies

2010-06-14 00:00

THE senior communications officer in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, Mawande Jubasi, died in a Durban hospital at the weekend following an illness.

Jubasi, who was an ANC activist, joined the department in 2003 after leaving the Sunday Times, where he worked as senior journalist in the Durban bureau. He also worked for Sunday World and the Star newspapers. He was a member of the National Education and Health Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Department spokesperson Lungile Ndlovu said Mawande had been dismissed but was reinstated and was due to resume his job in August. He had been in and out of hospital.

Jubasi was originally from Kagiso near Johannesburg.

His former colleague, Major-General Nonkululeko Mbatha, who is now the national spokesperson for the Police Department, said she owes her success to Jubasi, with whom she had worked since 2004.

A Nehawu source, who also works for the Transport Department, said Jubasi’s poor health was due to victimisisation by his seniors.

“People wanted him out of his work because he was a straightforward person. He did not support corruption.

“In 2008, someone took a picture of him sleeping in his office with alcohol on his desk. We established that someone had placed the alcohol on his desk,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.

The source said Jubasi was “illegally” dismissed after two female colleagues withdrew charges against him.

“Still the department continued with the charges and dismissed him in 2009. Nehawu fought for him until he was re-instated. But on the day he returned to work he was dismissed again.

“We continued to fight for him until he was reinstated again after (MEC) Willies Mchunu’s intervention. He was supposed to return to work after going through rehabilitation. A week ago we heard from doctors that he would not live for more than two weeks,” he said.

He said Jubasi was a dedicated member of the ANC.

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