Mngadi leaves district job

2008-02-05 00:00

It is time to close this chapter of municipal history and, with the province’s help, move forward.

That’s the word from the acting mayor of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Aubrey Lukhele, as the province yesterday appointed an acting municipal manager and acting chief financial officer following the resignation with immediate effect of beleaguered municipal manager Monica Mngadi, and chief financial officer (CFO) Bongani Ndlovu.

Lukhele told The Witness that Mngadi submitted a second letter of resignation, which was accepted with immediate effect after her previous letter asked that she be considered for another post at the district.

It is believed that Mngadi will not be considered for any other posts.

Asked to comment on issues surrounding Mngadi’s qualifications, which have been alleged to be questionable, he said she has been asked to comment publicly on those herself and it is hoped she will do so soon.

He said he was not in a position to say whether Mngadi “did or did not have” the qualifications she cited when applying for top posts at the district.

“Of course if she misled council and fails to prove her qualifications, the law will take its course.”

But, he said there is no resolution of the council at this stage to launch any investigation into the veracity of Mngadi’s credentials. “If anyone can come up with anything that says we need to investigate, then we possibly will.”

Lukhele said council will now focus on turnaround strategies. “We are committed to working with the team from the province and target specific areas.”

Province has officially stepped in to help the ailing municipality amid pleas from provincial officials to give the municipality support and space.

Addressing media at the district yesterday after a special executive committee meeting at which the provincial appointments were tabled, Johnson said that they answered the district’s call for help to try and normalise the situation after the resignations of Mngadi and Ndlovu. The two were initially supposed to work a four-week notice period, but are now no longer at the municipality.

Johnson would not commit to a time frame for the intervention. She applauded the fact that the district realised they required help and asked for assistance.

The names of the two acting provincial appointments will be announced at a special full council meeting to be held today.

Johnson refused to answer questions relating to Mngadi’s resignation and said that was for council to answer.

Speaking to the media after the brief press conference, the DA’s Rodger Ashe said they welcome the intervention by province and all the support the acting municipal manager and CFO could draw on in terms of line facilities available to province.

“The finances are in a mess; this has impacted negatively on all functions of council. Province needs to go through all aspects, including the water takeover situation, and must not leave until the municipality is running properly. During the process of getting back on track, any untoward procedures should be uncovered and the law should run its course.”

The IFP’s Patrick Bhengu said he would issue a statement today.

When contacted for comment by The Witness, Mngadi seemed to cut the call off when she heard it was The Witness on the line, and switched off her phone thereafter.

Mngadi has failed to produce evidence of qualifications, including an MBA and a degree, she claimed to have, and also said in her CV that she was chairwoman of the institute that awarded her an honorary doctorate.

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