Head rolls for Nkandla but ...

2014-12-28 06:00

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A senior department of public works employee has become the first official involved in the upgrades of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead to take the fall for the R246?million project.

Itumeleng Molosi (58), the department’s director of projects, pleaded guilty to irregularly appointing contractors and flouting procurement procedures.

But Molosi will keep his job after the department slapped him with a two-month suspension without pay and a final written warning. Department insiders say these sanctions fall just short of him being fired.

Molosi has also been ordered to undergo retraining on the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and has been barred from buying anything – even so much as a packet of salt, said a public works manager close to the Nkandla hearings – until his training has been completed.

City Press has been informed by three senior public works sources that Molosi’s plea deal, which was presented by his representative at the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union, could now pave the way for the other 11 officials to sign similar deals to avoid lengthy hearings.

All these officials are represented by the Public Servants’ Association (PSA).

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