Naked nepotism exposed - From bedroom to top office
Boss hired, promoted his wife
A WOMAN'S salary shot up from R167,000 to more than R400,000 a year after she was promoted by her husband, an acting superintendent in the Department of Education in North West.
Mphoentle Mogotsi-Seakamela was earning R92,190 as a schoolteacher in 2005 when her lover, Abe Seakamela, employed her as his personal assistant the same year.
Seakamela, now Acting Superintendent of the North West Department of Education, promoted her five months later and increased her earnings to R174,981.
Sowetan's investigations also show that more irregular promotions followed, and Seakamela's salary ballooned to a whopping R454,356 as deputy director.
In 2006 Seakamela also received a supervisor's bonus of R26,461.
According to the results of a probe initiated by education MEC Louisa Mabe, which Sowetan has seen, all these promotions and payouts were against policy.
After giving Sowetan the run-around for more than a month Mabe yesterday responded through her spokesman, Gershwin Chuenyane. "The MEC is still new (in her post) and is familiarising herself with a lot of other issues. She is still evaluating and investigating, and will issue a statement in due course."
Seakamela had dismissed our probe, saying allegations of maladministration and nepotism were a witch-hunt.
"All matters relating to salary adjustments and other remuneration were in accordance with the prescripts of the law," he said.
The Seakamelas married in 2009 after a long affair.
Though the report of the external investigation is clear that the Seakamelas contravened policy on relationships at work, he said he "assumed that his seniors had no problems with his working with his wife".
"Since the matter was investigated internally in 2005 and externally by the then MEC (Johannes Tselapedi) for education, the external investigation report was submitted to the office of the public protector, who laid the matter to rest," he said.
The report of the investigation is scathing. It states that:
- There is no supervisor post in the deputy director-general's office (Seakamela) where Mrs Seakamela was at all relevant times based, therefore the appointment to act in the said post and the payment of the acting allowance were irregular;
- Mrs Seakamela changed to line function and support in 2006, which function she has been performing to this date and her salary moved from R175,981 to R454,356, that is, she is at the deputy director's level. There are numerous adjustments to her salary which were extraordinary. However, the unavailability of documents imposes limitations of the investigation; and
- Relatives of employees will not be employed in posts under direct supervision of any relative (whether by blood or marriage). Mrs Seakamela has been at all relevant times in a post under direct supervision of her husband, Dr Seakamela, in contravention of the said policy.