Top job for top cop’s clerk

2015-11-16 14:30
Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni

Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni

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Pietermaritzburg - A top job was given to KZN police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni’s clerk even though she allegedly did not meet the basic requirements for the position.

The job came with a five-level salary increase and a lieutenant-colonel rank — this for a woman with a national junior certificate (Grade 10).

The startling allegations are said to be “common knowledge in police management” and refer to a staff officer’s post that was allegedly awarded underhandedly to Ngobeni’s personal assistant, Agatha Nozipho Sikhakhane.

The Witness received an anonymous letter that highlighted allegations pertaining to discrepancies in Sikhakhane’s application for the job.

The information in the letter was thereafter corroborated by two other sources employed in managerial positions in the South African Police Service.

According to the information, a staff officer’s post was advertised in 2011 for Ngobeni’s office. The successful applicant was also to be promoted to a lieutenant-colonel rank.

The basic requirement for the position was that the candidate must have a National Senior Certificate (matric) certificate and a driver’s licence.

After the applications appeared before a panel, Sikhakhane — Ngobeni’s clerk and personal assistant while she was the area commissioner at Ulundi — was awarded the position even though she only has a National Junior Certificate (Grade 10).

It is also believed Sikhakhane did not have a driver’s licence at the time.

According to information received from a source in provincial police management, Sikhakhane’s new post awarded her a salary increase of more than 100%, from R161 316 per annum to about R373 860 per annum.

The appointment caused an outcry from police management at the time, after which a dispute was lodged to the provincial and national head office of the police for the attention of the now suspended General Riah Phiyega.

According to provincial police spokesperson Jay Naicker — who spoke on behalf of Ngobeni (whom The Witness asked 10 questions regarding the application) — the police confirmed the staff officer’s post was advertised and the “successful person” was appointed after the recommendation of the panel was forwarded to the national head office and was approved.

Naicker admitted there was a dispute that was lodged that was subsequently referred for arbitration and, according to him, has been forwarded to the police’s national head office for finalisation.

Naicker did not respond to questions on how far the arbitration process is from completion, but did confirm Sikhakhane now holds the lieutenant-colonel rank.

“We therefore cannot comment further as the matter is sub judice,” Naicker said.

It is believed Sikhakhane was not initially shortlisted by a panel of interviewers, but a letter of motivation was sent from the commissioner’s office and Sikhakhane was then awarded the job.

Naicker said Ngobeni was “not a member of the panel” when responding to a question regarding Ngobeni’s involvement in the matter.

The Witness contacted Sikhakhane but she was unable to respond to any questions, saying she was in hospital.

Further attempts to contact Sikhakhane yesterday were unsuccessful.

— Witness Reporter.

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