New acting municipal manager Hadebe’s background in question

2016-06-09 11:12
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Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi's new acting municipal manager Sizwe Hadebe has barely settled into his job and already there are questions surrounding his background following rumours about his performance and conduct at his previous employment areas.

Hadebe has been appointed on a three-month contract with the city.

He was selected from a list that included three names — recommended by the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department — after the municipality requested that the department second an official to temporarily take charge.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said yesterday he had received media enquiries pertaining to Hadebe’s appointment, with questions surrounding Hadebe’s performance, conduct and track record.

Mabaso said Cogta was approached to assist Msunduzi in finding a suitable candidate after acting municipal manager Boniwe Zulu was not returned to the position. However, he said, the background checks needed to be conducted by the municipality before the appointment was made.

“Cogta had no information about any allegations on the recommended individual. Cogta therefore made the recommendation in good faith and in an effort to assist the municipality. It must be noted that what Cogta does is to recommend and give CVs,” Mabaso said, adding that the final appointment should be done after the municipality’s own internal verification process was concluded.

“At the time of making a recommendation, we were not aware of the allegations, as the names are taken from the department’s database,” he said.

A number of municipal officials from Msunduzi and other municipalities said they had no knowledge regarding Hadebe, or where he was employed previously.

The Witness confirmed with other sources that Hadebe was the deputy chairperson of the Amatola Water Board based in the Eastern Cape. No details of other employment have emerged. A request to the Co-operative Governance department for Hadebe’s CV was referred to the municipality, which failed to provide the document.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said Hadebe, who could not be reached, had been officially appointed by the municipality. He added that the new acting municipal manager would be introduced at a press conference likely to be held this week.

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