Msunduzi nepotism claims continue to roll in

2013-08-05 00:00

COMPLAINTS about alleged nepotism at the Msunduzi Municipality has opened up a can of worms.

The Witness reported last week that the daughters of executive committee members Jabu Ngubo and Eunice Majola had recently been employed by the municipality.

The Witness has been inundated with calls complaining that other councillors as well as deployed senior officials also have close family members working at the municipality.

The callers said former councillors and officials at Msunduzi municipality were just as guilty of alleged nepotism.

Majola was in Spain when news broke of her daughter’s appointment as an assistant committee clerk.

Speaking a day after her return, Majola said she could understand the public questioning the appointment.

She gave the assurance that she had nothing to do with her daughter’s appointment.

“The job was advertised, my daughter applied, she went through all the processes, including job interviews. If there is a need to conduct an investigation into this matter, I am comfortable with that and even if the process is re-done, I’m confident that my daughter would get the job.

“She is a capable young woman, who passed her matric with an exemption and is studying part-time towards a degree,” Majola said.

Ngubo had also denied any involvement in the appointment of her daughter as a traffic warden.

There was a complaint that a senior official responsible for overseeing good governance had two sons working in the finance section. However, this could not be verified as the official responded to neither phone calls nor an SMS by the time of going to press.

A senior member of the municipality who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said it would be very difficult to point fingers at individuals, considering that over the years entire families had gained employment at the municipality.

He said the only way to stop this was for the council to adopt a policy on nepotism applying to future councillors and staff.

Meanwhile, residents in Eastwood where Majola is the ward councillor, expressed unhappiness that her daughter has a job at the municipality, while in her Ward 34 there is high unemployment.

ANC regional secretary Supa Zuma said the ANC had spoken to the council speaker and was satisfied that the matter was being investigated. The party would await the outcome of the investigation.

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