Director’s wife gets top job meant for the disabled

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Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
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As South Africa entered November – a month recognised globally as Disability Awareness Month – its custodian for the promotion and protection of disability rights, the Department of Women, youth and Persons With Disabilities, has found itself mired in controversy for allegedly overlooking qualified disabled candidates for a senior position, instead opting to appoint the able-bodied wife of a director in the department.

Despite protests from aggrieved candidates who claim to have been overlooked, the minister of the department, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and the department’s director-general, Advocate Mikateko Maluleke, approved the appointment. City Press understands that the preferred candidate, Phuti Mabelebele, who is the wife of the chief director of corporate management in the department, Mbhazima Shiviti, commenced her duties on Monday.

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