Jobs for cadres: ANC protects its own

2015-02-22 16:04
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Johannesburg - A municipal manager embroiled in a jobs for ANC cadres scandal might not face disciplinary action due to the protection he is getting from the party, City Press reports.

The ANC-led Mbombela council has not discussed Noko Seanego despite overwhelming evidence that he allegedly violated laws and procedures to employ 40 ANC cadres as law enforcement officers in October last year.

Even after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had laid fraud and criminal charges against Seanego in January, the council could not be moved to suspend him and conduct an internal investigation.

Last week, ANC regional executive committee (REC) and ordinary party members in yellow T-shirts gathered at the Nelspruit Regional Court to support Seanego.

The court dropped the charges due to insufficient evidence, but Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala promised that the case would soon be reinstated.

The ANC members filled the courtroom while some were chanting outside. Among the leaders present was Siphiwe Mashile, the ANC’s Ehlanzeni regional deputy secretary.

The support for Seanego hints that he acted on the ANC’s instructions.

“It shows what Seanego did was a deal with the REC,” said an ANC councillor, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mashile refused to comment on whether the ANC had formally decided to support the manager or not.

“I can’t comment about that. I went to the court because I’m a student lawyer and because that man is a family friend. I’m not ashamed to support him and I’m happy about the outcome of the case,” said Mashile.

Provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa said he was not aware of the ANC’s support for Seanego and referred questions to the REC.

“I didn’t even know there was a court appearance. You’ll have to ask the REC about this,” said Ndinisa.

About the council’s silence on taking disciplinary action, he said: “We’ve deployed cadres to run institutions and it’s not our intention to micro-manage them.”

REC secretary Phazamisa Mathe promised to respond, but did not.

Seanego, a favourite of Premier David Mabuza’s faction, was corporate services director when he engineered the employment of these cadres in October before the watchful eyes of representatives of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union sitting on the interviewing panel.

He was caught on audio and video recordings.


The Mbombela council’s reluctance to discipline municipal manager Noko Seanego smacks of double standards.

It also shows that being loyal to the right ANC faction could save any manager from being held accountable for grotesque actions.

Last year, Seanego’s predecessor, Xolani Mzobe, was suspended when allegations of improprieties in the 2013 Afcon tenders surfaced. The provincial department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) launched an internal investigation and Mzobe was sacked in October last year.

Mbombela spokesperson Joseph Ngala denied any double standards and favouritism.

“These matters are unrelated. [Mzobe] was put on precautionary suspension as a result of the intervention by Cogta on allegations of fraud, corruption and maladministration. Seanego’s matter is handled as per the SA Criminal Procedure Act. He is deemed innocent until proven otherwise,” said Ngala.

“However, there is a pending report to be tabled before council for a resolution to be taken, once the charges have been furnished to him formally in a court of law, which hasn’t happened yet,” he added.

Mzobe’s predecessor Jacob Dladla also got off the hook when the ANC instructed its councillors to pass a resolution lifting his sacking in 2013 – because the council wanted to avoid incurring legal costs.

Dladla had been fired for corruption in the R1.2bn Fifa World Cup soccer stadium in 2009 and later faced fraud and corruption charges valued at R920m.

Also a favourite of Mabuza’s faction, Dladla not only had the dismissal withdrawn, but was also given a golden handshake.

“We are not aware of such [preferential] treatment as we are on record as having subjected Dladla to all necessary processes until finalisation of his matter. That assertion would be misleading our citizens and is of malicious intent,” said Ngala.

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