Exit packages slammed

2008-04-15 00:00

Opposition parties in the provincial Legislature have lambasted Premier S’bu Ndebele and his executive for paying out exorbitant exit packages to senior government officials who left under a cloud.

The outrage comes after the resignation of Health director-general Dr Busi Nyembezi last week.

Nyembezi was suspended following allegations that she was involved in a multi-million rand tender scam.

The premier’s office has, however, maintained that Nyembezi was suspended because there was a breakdown in relations between her and MEC Peggy Nkonyeni.

Other heads of department who also allegedly received huge exit packages include Jabulani Mjwara, the former head of Agriculture fingered in maladministration, and Thabani Zulu, who carried out a short stint at Welfare.

The leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party in the Legislature, Lionel Mtshali, said the exit packages are aimed at "motivating some suspended officials to withhold crucial information" from the public.

Democratic Alliance MPL Johannn Krog said paying large exit packages makes for instability and a lack of accountability.

Finance MEC Zweli Mkhize said no officials received packages that are above what is stipulated by the Public Services Act. He said the negotiations for the exit of some officials becomes inevitable when there is a breakdown in relations.

Meanwhile, a confidential report that the Premier’s Office never made public has been leaked to a Durban newspaper.

The report, compiled by legal firm Strauss Daly Incorporated, recommended that Ndebele fire Nyembezi. This, after it established that there was a serious conflict of interest in the awarding of contracts to Sisa Consulting, a company owned by her husband.

Last week, Ndebele denied that Strauss Daly was investigating any corruption allegations levelled against Nyembezi.

KZN director-general Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa also denied last week that Nyembezi’s resignation had anything to do with the Scorpions raid on her offices the same day she resigned.

(Additional reporting: Nathi Olifant)

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.