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By unknown | Jun 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khangale Makhado

Khangale Makhado

The Limpopo legislature yesterday recommended that the appointment of Wisani Mashamba, son of MEC Joyce Mashamba, as deputy human resources manager in the Sport, Arts and Culture Department be reversed.

Joyce Mashamba is the MEC for sport, arts and culture. The committee found that by appointing Mashamba, the department had flouted the provisions of the Public Service Act, the Public Service Regulations, as well as the recruitment and selection policy of the department.

The legislature has also recommended that MEC Mashamba be sanctioned by Premier Sello Moloto for her failure to adhere to the provisions of the legislation when handling the appointment.

The decision followed allegations that Wisani Mashamba was appointed, though he did not have the necessary qualifications.

He was appointed on December 1, a week or two after his mother became MEC of the department following a cabinet reshuffle in November, which shifted her from the treasury.

However, after a report was submitted by the portfolio committee, it was recommended by speaker Tshenuwani Farisani that the matter be investigated further by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Among the findings by the PSC is that the selection panel that conducted the interviews for the job differed from the one that was appointed by MEC Mashamba's predecessor.

The PSC also found that the criteria used in shortlisting the candidates was irregular in that, in terms of the regulations, appointments for the position would only be candidates who were suitably qualified.

Heads are going to roll in the department after yesterday's recommendations that MEC Mashamba and her departmental head be hauled over the coals about the appointment.

Apart from the reversal of Mashamba's son's appointment, the legislature has further recommended the possible recovery of all the money that he had been earning since December.

They have also recommended that the two heads of the department (the current one and the one who was in charge when Mashamba was appointed) face disciplinary action for having misled the portfolio committee in its course of dealing with the matter. The selection panel that handled the appointment should also be sanctioned.


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