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Official fumes over being 'ignored' for top job

By unknown | Jan 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A senior Limpopo government official is demanding that she be appointed to the position of head of the provincial Education Department, but she is not qualified for the job.

Meriam Segabutla, the general manager for institutional development and support in the province's Education Department, believes she is suitably qualified to take over the position of superintendent-general.

Segabutla had applied for the position but was not considered. The position was given to an outsider, the Reverend Zwo Nevhutalu.

Nevhutalu was head of the Independent Electoral Commission in Limpopo.

Segabutla has now lodged a grievance with Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto's office over Nevhutalu's appointment.

According to a letter Segabutla wrote to the premier, a copy of which is in the possession of Sowetan,Segabutla is aggrieved by education MEC Aaron Motsoaledi having been appointed chairman of the selection committee to interview applicants for the post.

She also claims that different committees were used for short-listing and interviewing.

"The selection committee for interviews also consisted of two members who were employees of grading equal to the post to be filled," she says in the letter.

Segabutla says that in the light of these irregularities, she was demanding that she be considered for appointment. She claims that the department's failure to appoint her is an unfair labour practice.

Approached for comment yesterday, Segabutla refused to give more details and referred enquiries to Moloto's office.

Limpopo government spokesman Paul Mainganye confirmed yesterday that a formal grievance had been received by the office of the premier.

"The grievance consists of a number of matters that are all being investigated," said Mainganye.


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