Mpumalanga premier's former security head no longer Welcome

2015-09-29 20:00
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Mbombela - Former security head in Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza’s office Welcome Nkuna has been suspended from a top government position allegedly in connection with flouting procurement procedures.

Nkuna, a director of road safety in the provincial community safety, security and liaison department, was suspended from his work on Monday.

"Yes, I can confirm that the director of road safety education has been put on precautionary suspension following allegations that he did projects for the department without the knowledge of the head of department.

"This does not mean he has been fired... it's just to give space for the investigations into the allegations to take place without being tampered with," said department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza.

Allegations ‘baseless’

Nkuna would continue to receive his salary while on suspension, he said.

Nkuna has been known to be a strong supporter of Mabuza when he worked as head of security in the premier's office. That was until he was recently shifted to the safety department.

On Tuesday, Nkuna said the allegations against him were baseless.

"The charges will not stand. I know my job," said Nkuna.

"Talking of doing some projects without the knowledge of the head of department is something unheard of because for each procurement to be constituted the head of department and chief financial officer are there to sign, so I do not know what is going on, maybe these are some political issues brought to the administrative space."

Despite working as head of security for the provincial government, in April 2012 Nkuna was accused of campaigning for Mabuza during the ANC provincial conference of that year.

Facebook account

He was criticised for sidelining potential candidates to the provincial ANC chairperson position and preferring Mabuza, who was his boss in government.

At the time, however, Nkuna denied that he owned a Facebook account that was used to favour Mabuza.

However, the Facebook account was also under the name "Welcome Nkuna"; it was no different to his "real" account, having the same profile picture, personal information and number of friends.

The "fake" Nkuna openly stated his support for Mabuza on his Facebook page.

Recently, Nkuna has been linked to the Save Mpumalanga ANC Campaign, which seeks to unseat Mabuza and have his provincial executive committee disbanded.

However, Joseph Mabuza denied Nkuna's suspension had anything to do with his political affiliations.

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