Hawks raid municipal offices in corruption case against Mbombela manager

2015-09-17 15:12


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The Hawks have confirmed that they raided Mbombela city offices in Mpumalanga last week to seize files about the irregular hiring of 150 general workers. 

This follows a complaint by the Economic Freedom Fighters that interviews for the positions were conducted on Good Friday this year and also at the ANC’s Ehlanzeni regional offices. 

EFF provincial spokesperson Cyril Chuene said that some of the applicants did not even submit their CVs. 

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said files were seized for analysis after the raid last Thursday. 

“It was alleged that the municipal manager [Noko Seanego] corruptly employed 150 individuals as general workers without advertising the posts. The allegations are that some individuals did not even apply but got the posts,” Mulaudzi said. 

“The investigation is still under way,” he added. 

Mbombela spokesperson, Joseph Ngala, however denied that it was a raid and said the police came to question a few things. 

Chuene said the party wanted the Hawks to reinvestigate Seanego for another case relating to the employment of 30 ANC cadres as law enforcement officers in October last year. 

The case was struck off the roll in March because the police had not completed their investigation. 

Seanego faced fraud and corruption charges for allegedly violating laws and procedures when he employed the law enforcement officers last October. He was corporate services director then. 

The South African Municipal Workers Union and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union alleged that he smuggled in several candidates who were never shortlisted for interviews and gave instructions for candidates to be given favourable scores even though they had not attended interviews. 

Seanego allegedly renamed the positions “specialised security officers” in order to circumvent the vetting of cadres who might have criminal records. 

Ten of the candidates were called to collect their employment contracts but when they arrived at the Mbombela city offices, Seanego allegedly told them to accept jobs as security officers instead. 

Seanego was caught on audio and video while violating the procedures.

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