Manager’s appointment questioned 

2017-09-15 06:00

OPPOSITION parties at the Matatiele Local Municipality are fuming over the appointment of Khanyiso Walaza as general manager of economic development and planning. Walaza was appointed at a council sitting on Tuesday.

Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters councillors wanted to be excluded in the decision of appointing Walaza as they believe it is illegitimate.

The post has been vacant since 2015.
EFF chief whip Tumo Mothapa says Walaza’s appointment is cadre deployment by the ruling party. 

DA councillor, Wonga Potwana said the council failed to adhere to the February council decision of hiring a woman in the position after it realised that the municipality has mostly men in senior positions.

He said Walaza scored lower than the other two candidates.
“I believe that Walaza was given the job because he is a member of the ruling party and we are against his appointment.
“The two candidates that were selected for interviews performed well and qualified for the position,” said Potwana.

The council dismissed allegations of appointing Walaza because he is the member of the ruling­ party. Council speaker Nomasomi Mshuqwana, said council has done nothing wrong by appointing Walaza because he is suitable for the job.
She confirmed that three candidates were selected for interviews and passed the assessment process that was conducted by an independent body. “Council was given the names of three candidates and they had to choose one candidate, as a result and Walaza was as the right candidate for the position,” said Mshuqwana.

She agreed in February the council hired a woman for the position, but when the post was advertised in media it was not specified that it required a woman so council appointed Walaza.

Councillors are to have a sitting today about the appointment of a new municipal manager after Dr Tsepang Nakin’s contract expired on August 9. Monwabisi Somi is the acting municipal manager.

 

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