Monica Mngadi resigns

2008-01-26 00:00

“Doctor” Monica Mngadi has submitted a letter of resignation for her post as municipal manager of the Umgungundlovu District Municipality, amid relief from opposition parties.

Mngadi yesterday said she wants to be relieved of her duties but is trying to negotiate to get her old job as manager of corporate services back or alternatively another job at the municipality.

It is believed that the council is happy to let Mngadi go from her municipal manager’s post, but was concerned that the way she has worded her letter could result in legal implications. They resolved to seek legal advice.

The media were barred from the special council meeting.

The district’s chief financial officer, Bongani Ndlovu, also resigned yesterday and his notice was accepted. The two must serve a four-week notice period.

The IFP’s Patrick Bhengu reacted with elation.

“We are very happy that she decided to bow out. The citizens of Umgungundlovu must know that what we had said about her has proved to be true. She has realised that she was not suitable for the position … ”

Regarding Ndlovu, Bhengu said that the IFP was concerned for a long while that there were problems in the finance department. “We picked up in meetings that something was wrong with the calculations. Money doesn’t balance and financial comments were often wrong and now the municipality is facing a financial crisis.”

He said that while they are pleased at the resignations, his party has many questions for both Mngadi and Ndlovu before they leave. “We need to know what went wrong where, and who is involved. We trust they will give us all the answers … ”

Bhengu said the council asked provincial Treasury to send people to act in both positions until new appointments are finalised.

DA caucus leader Rodger Ashe said that leading up to December last year he expressed the opinion that figures presented by the district Finance Department were “unreliable”, and with the support of other executive committee members referred items back to the Finance Department.

“While Dr Mngadi cannot be held responsible for all the problems being experienced at the district, the fact that the province has had to provide assistance in drafting and implementing a financial recovery programme indicates that she has not as yet been able to successfully manage the situation internally,” said Ashe.

He said that the DA is on record as not having supported Mngadi’s appointment in the first place because of her lack of municipal experience and they support council’s decision regarding her and Ndlovu, and its decision to approach treasury to delegate two competent people to assist in the interim.

“The local media has played its role in keeping this issue in the public domain and this, once again, highlights the importance of the free press that we have in this country,” he said.

Mayor Bongi Sithole is out of the country at present. When Weekend Witness called Mngadi for comment, we were referred to the deputy mayor, but he was unavailable.

Mngadi’s appointment to the post of municipal manager was widely protested after she failed to produce certificates to verify qualifications, including a degree and an MBA, she claimed to have. The Witness also revealed that she was the chairman of the same institute that awarded her an honorary doctorate.

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