There is no plot against KZN premier - Sibiya

2015-08-18 09:55
Premier Senzo Mchunu (KZN Govt)

Premier Senzo Mchunu (KZN Govt)

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Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal premier's spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, has broken his silence on allegations that he tried to sabotage his boss, Senzo Mchunu.

Speaking to News24 on Monday, Sibiya said the allegations were “purely jealousy mixed with hidden agendas”.

Last year an anonymous letter was sent to the media, making serious allegations about the office of the premier, including a supposed plot by Sibiya to sabotage Mchunu.

“The allegation of a plot is an attempt to vandalise my name by those who are advancing their careers and have hidden ambitions. They will be exposed eventually,” said Sibiya. He was also spokesperson to former premier Zweli Mkhize, who in 2013 took up the position as ANC treasurer general at the party's headquarters, Luthuli House.

'Character assassination'

The office of the premier has also come to Sibiya’s defence, saying that evidence should be brought forward to prove that Sibiya tried to sabotage Mchunu.

“These allegations border on character assassination," said head of communications at the office of the premier Thami Ngwenya.

"It is expected of any civil servant in terms of the code of conduct of the Department of Public Service and Administration, to be loyal to any and every incumbent administration.

"People should have reported the purported plot of 'sabotaging' the premier to law enforcement agencies, as it goes against the prescripts of the Constitution and public service regulations."

Ngwenya said Sibiya’s duties as Mchunu’s spokesperson included speechwriting.

“This dates to the time when Mchunu was acting premier and even after his inauguration as premier. At no stage did government doubt his [Sibiya's] ability to discharge his duties,” said Ngwenya cautioning the media “not to fall into the trap of mischievous elements aimed at advancing hidden agendas”.  

Outstanding bill

On Sunday reports surfaced that Durban businessman Nick Dranias, 39, was suing the office of the premier for R2.3m after the provincial government failed to settle an outstanding bill.

Dranias claimed that he organised several events for the provincial government after allegedly being propositioned by Sibiya. Dranias has now turned to the courts in an attempt to recoup the outstanding bill.

Ngwenya said the legal matter was being handled internally in line with prescripts of the law.

“The office of the premier stands for the protection of the stature of the office and treats any issue that is contrary to this position with all the seriousness it deserves,” he said.

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