Blue lights for ‘Super HOD’, arrested HOD

2013-10-11 13:27

The beleaguered head of Mpumalanga safety and security, Thulani Sibuyi, is one of two provincial departmental heads who have blue lights on their vehicles.

The second one is cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) head David Mahlobo, who also sits in the ANC national executive committee and has been nicknamed “Super HOD” in government circles.

He also has a bodyguard.

Premier David Mabuza’s office has failed to explain to the DA and the media why the two heads were given the privilege of blue lights, which by law are used by law enforcers and political leaders.

Sibuyi was arrested in Kempton Park on the weekend after he was involved in an accident. He was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol, impersonating a police officer and resisting arrest.

He was driving the vehicle with the blue lights.

Sibuyi was released on R1 000 bail on Monday.

Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, did not respond to written questions about Sibuyi and Mahlobo’s use of blue lights.

“The premier will make a decision about Sibuyi on Friday (today),” was all Mncwango could say.

Mabuza has not yet made a statement, which is expected to explain if Sibuyi will be suspended or not.

Safety and security spokesperson Joseph Mabuza also said that the department would not comment until the premier had pronounced himself on the matter.

City Press understands that Mahlobo started using blue lights in 2010 after he was given a bodyguard.

Sources within Cogta said Mahlobo requested protection after he started investigating his officials for involvement in corruption of R400 million in the Water For All flagship project.

Internal investigations were concluded and the case was then taken over by the Special Investigating Unit, but Mahlobo kept using the bodyguard.

Meanwhile, Sibuyi is also facing a charge of contravening the Public Finance Management Act by signing off the awarding of a security tender to GNT security, which had submitted a fraudulent tax clearance certificate.

The tender was worth R4 million a month.

Sibuyi was arrested, along with GNT owner Steven Mashaba. They were granted R50 000 bail each.

On this case, Sibuyi was also not suspended.

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