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Overturns Mbombela municipality's decision to fire 2010 official

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

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

President Thabo Mbeki yesterday reinstated a fired 2010 Soccer World Cup official and saved a mayor from being kicked out.

The Mbombela municipality twice dismissed its World Cup 2010 coordinator, Differ Mogale, in the past six months because his appointment was deemed unprocedural.

A team appointed to investigate his appointment recommended that a vote of no confidence be passed against the mayor, Justice Nsibande, because he had hired Mogale.

But Mbeki, on completing a two-day visit to the province yesterday, told journalists he had ordered that Mogale be reinstated. Mbeki also dismissed a recommendation by the investigators that Nsibande be dismissed.

Mbeki told journalists several decisions by the municipality had been "unfortunate" and had to be reversed.

"I have been briefed about some problems in the Mbombela municipality and it was noted that some of the decisions taken by the municipality were unfortunate and are going to be reversed," he said.

Mbeki said the government wanted to make sure nothing would disturb the organising of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Nelspruit will host some of the games.

Mogale was first fired in January, but quickly reinstated after he took the municipality to the labour court for unfair dismissal.

He did not last long as the municipality again suspended him and ordered an investigation into his appointment.

The investigating committee fired him and blamed the municipal manager and the mayor for his employment, and recommended that both bear the costs for the period that Mogale was employed.

Mbeki also said the provincial Department of Local Government and Housing has been instructed to help to in strengthen the municipality.

Mbeki held a two-day meeting with the provincial executive committee of the ANC as part of his national tour to get reports about the work of provincial committees in meeting their challenges.

He said he was happy with how unity in the provincial leadership had improved in the nine years since he visited the province.

"There were serious problems of division and conflict among provincial leaders, which had an impact on government, but I'm glad the situation has changed," he said.

Mbeki said roads damaged by trucks that carry coal to power stations in the Mpumalanga highveld were in a poor state and that their maintenance should not be the sole responsibility of the provincial government.

"National intervention is needed. The power stations supply electricity to the whole country and not Mpumalanga alone," he said.


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