CEO 'spends taxes on jobs for friends'

2013-03-04 08:47
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Johannesburg - Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Nkululeko Poya has allegedly spent taxpayers' money to hire his friends and relatives, The Star reported on Monday.

According to the newspaper, Poya allegedly instructed interview panels to hire his preferred candidates, including his sister-in-law and the mother of his child.

After taking office in 2011, Poya allegedly appointed Tamia Sopotela, the mother of his child, as an inspector in the Durban office on a package of R500 000 a year.

He also allegedly hired his friend Mandla Ndudane with whom he had worked in the Eastern Cape transport department, despite a vetting firm's warning that he not be hired because his honesty and integrity were questionable, The Star reported.

Ndudane had informed the RSR of a negligent driving conviction, but not of an assault conviction in 1995, one of negligent loss of firearm in 1996, and another of drunk driving in 2006.

RSR spokesperson Babalwa Mpendu told The Star proper procedures had been followed in all the appointments.

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