CEO 'spends taxes on jobs for friends'

2013-03-04 08:47

Johannesburg - Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Nkululeko Poya has allegedly spent taxpayers' money to hire his friends and relatives, The Star reported on Monday.

According to the newspaper, Poya allegedly instructed interview panels to hire his preferred candidates, including his sister-in-law and the mother of his child.

After taking office in 2011, Poya allegedly appointed Tamia Sopotela, the mother of his child, as an inspector in the Durban office on a package of R500 000 a year.

He also allegedly hired his friend Mandla Ndudane with whom he had worked in the Eastern Cape transport department, despite a vetting firm's warning that he not be hired because his honesty and integrity were questionable, The Star reported.

Ndudane had informed the RSR of a negligent driving conviction, but not of an assault conviction in 1995, one of negligent loss of firearm in 1996, and another of drunk driving in 2006.

RSR spokesperson Babalwa Mpendu told The Star proper procedures had been followed in all the appointments.

  • alananthonygreen - 2013-03-04 08:53

    Anyone surprised?

      kalabafazi - 2013-03-04 09:06

      Totally surprised Alananthonygreen. He only secured two positions for family. I would have thought the whole department would have been staffed by his friends and family. Most of the other departments are doing it.

      angelanair3 - 2013-03-04 09:09

      No - no surprises! Only surprise is she was caught out so soon. Normally - a rap on the knuckles - move you to another department so you can continue pilfering, stealing and spending our hard earned Tax money! Another day of life in South Africa.............

      Jason - 2013-03-04 09:11

      This is the "Gravy Train" but its going to be a massive mess when this train derails. Cry the beloved country!!!

      Revelgen - 2013-03-04 09:25

      No, this is typical ANC practice. When ANC ministers (cadres) get appointed the FIRST thing they look at is : 'How can I and my relatives/friends steal as much as we can from the Public money pot?' It has happened thousands and thousands of times over so far, effectively robbing the non-connected poor of decent service. We need big billboards up everywhere stating: THE ANC IS A FILTHY ROTTEN GOVERNMENT AND MUST BE KICKED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-04 09:26

      eish Kala.. - give it chance for the rest of the truth to come out. I would guess that about a dozen or so cadre appointments will still be exposed in time to come. Viva

      john.comyn.18 - 2013-03-04 09:39

      Nothing and I meam nothing surprises me! but you can bet your ass that come next election the candidates that lost out will still put their tick next to the ANC.

      D_MAN - 2013-03-04 09:53

      Nothing new here. It's just another typical run ANC south africa and yet nothing has happened to him. So long as the ANC run this country we are gonna keek hearing this.

      jesibelle.krugger - 2013-03-04 10:46

      He is simply following the lead of the BIG DIC-TATOR, his 'Spear of the Nation', arguably the most corrupt head-of-state in the world today - the only possible contender, is another one of Africa's greats - Rabid Robert Mugabe... BUT.., It is our own fault that this kind behaviour (in 2013) solicits little more than insipid comments about Another Nasty Corrupt politician - we have, for all intents-and-purposes accept it as part of live in post-'94 SA. The 'Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004' makes this kind of action grossly ILLEGAL - inter alia, by virtue of appointing incompetent people, to reiterate - it is not simply immoral - IT IS ILLEGAL..!! The time has arrived to hit these goons where it will hurt most - before they totally destroy an economy they never built - ie the ANC inherited an economy/country they did nothing for, other than their utmost to destroy. I suggest: SA's bona fide tax-payers (ie excluding state-/municipal-/state-co's/BEE-co's that simply regurgitate tax income) institutes a class action against the ANC government, a. For coercing (by mortal force) the SA'can taxpayer to fund crime - eg in contravention of the above act and several others. Such coercive action is VERY serious and could see Zuma, Pravin Gordhan and others (alike) jailed for anything up to 20 years. b. Then pursue a (class) civil action to the value of 2/3rds of all taxes levied since 1994 - as it was used exclusively for corruption (and alike).

      Russell Maxwell - 2013-03-04 13:47

      Nepotism is rife throughout, this one just happened to come to light. Hire people who have no idea spells disaster for this country, fire all the relatives and friends, no more staff ha ha

  • Bless Boswell - 2013-03-04 08:53

    Fire them both.

      clivegoss - 2013-03-04 09:29

      You mean all?

      Poloyatonki - 2013-03-04 12:44

      So its not OK to help a friend?

      Russell Maxwell - 2013-03-04 13:49

      Poloyatonki no it's not o.k. to hire friends and family unless it is your own company.

  • procold2 - 2013-03-04 08:55

    we have not to expect anything different from this corrupt gov

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2013-03-04 10:25

      RSR spokesperson Babalwa Mpendu told The Star proper procedures had been followed in all the appointments. Now you have to wonder as to what the actual qualifications for a Railway Safety Inspector are for a girlfriend to be awarded the job via the proper procedures? Can we see them please? I happen to know one of the writers of the RSR documents and he is highly qualified in the areas of safety, dangerous goods handling and well respected in industry due to his specialised technical knowledge in transport. A RSR Inspector would need to have a similar technical understanding to be able to perform their duties.....but do they? Mr President, Jobs for pals just has to end and you must start with your own office as an example and your own family. Just remember how Benito Mussolini was treated for much the same thing when the tide turned. BTW - what is a spokesperson paid? We seem to have a lot of them in the New SA!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2013-03-04 08:58

    And you have to wonder who he is friends with to have gotten the CEO position in the first place.

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-04 09:26

      good point!

      matches - 2013-03-04 09:33

      just a pity that it is not WORK for friends then then they have to do something .... the term of "Got JOB" is mis understood that one does not have to do any work...

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-04 09:38

      Probably half the govt.

      Philly Khoza - 2013-03-04 10:32

      No! we dont wonder, we know. JZ

  • Jean2301 - 2013-03-04 09:01

    Once again they show their own Integrity, hahahaahahaha, the corruption just doesn't stop with this nation.

      jean.tredoux.31 - 2013-03-04 12:04

      Nation or race?!

  • Jean2301 - 2013-03-04 09:02

    Hang them. Corruption, stealing from taxpayers. They deserve death.

  • Jannie Le Roux - 2013-03-04 09:03

    Nothing new... Corruption corruption corruption. SA has gone to the dumps, and it's not getting any better.

  • Graham Robertson - 2013-03-04 09:03

    This is hardly surprising.....

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-04 09:05

    Another week, another day,another corrupt offical.

  • riaan.herselman.7 - 2013-03-04 09:08

    Grrrreat , he just created more job's , an panel will be appointed to investigate this profound alligations !!

  • Annelise Van Der Schyff - 2013-03-04 09:11

    Can we have names of non corrupt?????!!!!!

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-04 09:27

      sure - if we can find any...

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-04 09:33

      Off the top of my head I can't think of one!

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-04 09:11

    A lady walked into a BMW dealership in Empangeni and asked to buy a certain BMW. When asked what salary she earned she said R26000 per month. She qualified foe the car but on filling in the aplication papers the salesman noted a discrepancy on her payslip, her salay was R39000 per month. By way of explanation she said the R13000 is paid to the man who got her the job. If he gets 10 people jobs, you go figure!

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-04 09:16

    true to the saying 'charity begins at home'

      riaan.herselman.7 - 2013-03-04 09:31

      His home or his families home's ?

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-04 09:35

      like at Nandla....

  • Karl Smit - 2013-03-04 09:22

    And so the saga continues.

  • Spats Domingo - 2013-03-04 09:24

    "RSR spokesperson Babalwa Mpendu told The Star proper procedures had been followed in all the appointments". Could we please have transparency and show us the procedures that were followed in these nepotistic appointments.

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-04 09:30

      er - No!

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-03-04 09:25

    This is exactly why this country is in such a mess at the moment. Nobody is hired anymore on qualification, nobody is promoted on merit, it is all jobs for pals and family and they are put into positions that they know absolutely nothing about and receive high wages. Why are we not surprised. They day they stop all this nonsense of BEE AND AA then we will go forward, the AA's will have some competition from the new disadvantaged and so they will have to do a better job and will have to be more honest or they will get shown up very quickly, then maybe the sun will start to shine once again. The longer the ANC prolong dropping all this affirmative action nonsense the more they will be shown up as incompetant arrogant useless government that is only there for themselves and not the people. They are already been shown up for how the country is deteriorating, just look at the news everyday, government depts in a mess, police force, army, SAA, Eskom, its going to be their downfall and it has got so bad that they cant or dont know what to do anymore.

  • Severiano Vorster - 2013-03-04 09:26

    No way ... I am shocked !!!!! Can't be !!!!

  • clivegoss - 2013-03-04 09:28

    No kidding.

  • KCorsar - 2013-03-04 09:36

    Mmm, review performance and if suspect, remove from office. Hiring family / friends if they are competent is risky at best, but in this instance there is no evidence of competency, just nepotism.

  • Winile Locksmith - 2013-03-04 09:37

    I don't see anything wrong with this as long as those people can perform their duties. About 80 people who get jobs it because of some connection. White, indians etc they all do it, I don't see why all the big fuss is about

      DrGonzoSA - 2013-03-04 09:58

      Do you think that he is capable of doing his job? Im not sure I'd want someone with a negligent driving conviction, f an assault conviction, one of negligent loss of firearm in 1996, and another of drunk driving in 2006 to be in charge of SAFETY

      DrGonzoSA - 2013-03-04 09:59

      And I guess its just coincidence that his friends and family are all better qualified than everyone else in the country?

  • Sphiwe Johannes Sibanyoni - 2013-03-04 09:42

    Obvious everyone can do that, family comes first

      riaan.herselman.7 - 2013-03-04 10:07

      And you have what ? std 7 at school with woodwork and got an FF ? OBVIOUS .

  • Eterni80 - 2013-03-04 09:49

    yay - more good news !! how about you guys do an article on any ANC member who actually does his job and doesn't steal etc..

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-03-04 11:30

      Gavin,dream on...

  • burgert.potgieter - 2013-03-04 09:51

    Typical. They do not look you in the face and insist on a BLATANT lie. Typical Stone Age Creatures.

  • Jack Kukard - 2013-03-04 09:57

    Nothing changes with these incompetent idiots.....

  • Ras Thami M - 2013-03-04 09:58

    Its best known as boer-skap ...

      riaan.herselman.7 - 2013-03-04 10:09

      Pls complete boer-skap ? what ...

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-03-04 10:08

    Nkululeko Poya. That's his name. The one hiring his chommies. TV guys follow this man and put him on prime time so the public can see who is stealing their money. Sies you skelm

  • sebastian.c.salomon - 2013-03-04 10:12

    DA = Problem solved

  • pws69 - 2013-03-04 10:13

    Of course he did. It is in the ANC cadre Deployment "handbook" What did you think would happen?

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-03-04 10:13

    If I start a family business, something for my children growing up and for there future, so that they taken care of, its my perogative to keep it in the family! I pay the salaries! If its a multimillionaire business, that is a different story, people should be employed on merit! Family business is a legacy for my child and his children to come and will be so until he can take the reigns. It will be put in trust and so stipulated in a will - a family business!

  • margaret.ludick - 2013-03-04 10:17

    And there's no money pay pensioners!

  • pws69 - 2013-03-04 10:21

    Then over 50% of the population will STILL vote for these criminals in 2014, and a month later wonder why they have no service deliver, and start violent protests against the very people they voted for. ***Just shaking my head in disbelief***

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-04 10:26

    Good times always come but people must remember the regrets of the bad times when they get caught. Don't these people learn from what is currently happening in SA

  • Karin Coetzer Swanepoel - 2013-03-04 10:28

    Would love The Star to report and pring what the CEO Nkululeko Poya earns annually! If he can offer the Mother of his child R500K p.a, I can only guess his package must be in the millions! I hope SARS takes notice and starts adding more billboards for their AD campaigne of whom else Taxpayers are sponsoring!

  • annalene.nel - 2013-03-04 10:28


  • Karin Coetzer Swanepoel - 2013-03-04 10:29

    Would love The Star to report and pring what the CEO Nkululeko Poya earns annually! If he can offer the Mother of his child R500K p.a, I can only guess his package must be in the millions! I hope SARS takes notice and starts adding more billboards for their AD campaign of whom else Taxpayers are sponsoring!

  • Ben - 2013-03-04 10:29

    The South African Dream

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-03-04 10:32

    Mr CEO are your Family and Friends qualified and qualifications for the posts???are they performing???MR CEO maybe u can do that if is ur company,bt still not wright,this is not yours,is taxpayers money,this is not wright at all MR CEO...can't be every time one of your family or friend goes for interview became best candidate for the job,u use interviews and procedure to cover your duty games,u just appoint s/he before interviews,I don't see the short listing done fairly,Mr CEO this is not fair to South Africans!!!this is not your company!!!

  • chris.booise - 2013-03-04 10:34

    LOL!!!! Nothing new.

  • nhlapop - 2013-03-04 11:02

    Not surprised at all.

  • Carmen Coetzee - 2013-03-04 11:33

    its normal.....bhler bla bla bla bla!!!!they do it all the time...and what u gonne do huh? cant touch them.....i smel a seat in parliament here....sniff sniff snifffffff...phlzzzzz give us news on how far is the booysen case is the dna results out? pls we want justice to be as fast as the roberry of the MEC.....8y for stealing a cell phone.....GO Justice!!!!!

  • Pete7930 - 2013-03-04 11:43

    what difference does it make? We already have a president that cant run a bath, a government that cant operate without corruption, and the majority of the population who would rather strike than work for a living. Who really gives a donkeys left rear hoof anymore!

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-04 11:56

    All this government funded parastatal and other bodies should be invistigated, i mean all of them - government needs to be proactive and i can tell you many of them are practising such, hiring of friends, not complying with government legislature and busy enriching themselves at the expense of our country - 2013-03-04 12:15

      so hope do we stop them Tshepo, have you got an Idea?

  • Bokrichard - 2013-03-04 12:11

    Bwahahahahaha. And only R500000 package a year. What a pauper!!!!!

  • Lee Brand - 2013-03-04 13:15

    There is not enough cash in SA to investigate and prosecute the anc inspired theft an corruption to date. Even after we depose them one day it will take decades to untangle the ball of string.

  • caine.abel.75 - 2013-03-04 13:26

    So what is the big cheese gonna do about it

  • Thabo Molefe - 2013-03-04 14:39

    now i hope u idiots can see why this country is in leadership DA viva

  • cujimmy.okpall - 2013-03-05 12:23

    Is those one another Zulu to rape SA's taxpayers.....?

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