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By unknown | Mar 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Limpopo portfolio committee on sports, arts and culture has instructed department head Deliwe Nyathikazi to remove the son of an MEC from his position after allegations that the appointment was irregular.

This follows the appointment of Wisani Mashamba as assistant manager of human resources in the department.

Mashamba is the son of Joyce Mashamba, the MEC for sports, arts and culture.

He was appointed to the position in December 2006, a few days after his mother became MEC. The matter has caused an uproar in social, political and religious circles in the province.

Newspaper advertisements stipulated that applicants must have a post-graduate diploma or degree to be considered for the position.

Wisani was found to have a certificate of introduction in computer literacy, a course he only attended for two weeks.

The provincial standing committee on public accounts had earlier ruled that Wisani's appointment was irregular and gave the portfolio committee powers to deal with the matter.

Portfolio committee chairman Kgoshi Setlamorago Thobejane said yesterday Nyathikazi was given until Thursday next week to remove Wisani from his position and replace him with a suitable candidate.

"We expect Nyathikazi to report back to us on Thursday next week about progress in the matter," Thobejane said.

He said if there was no progress, action would be taken against Nyathikazi.

"Wisani's appointment was irregular, and it was found to be a fruitless and unauthorised expenditure, hence the decision," he said.

"We expect Nyathikazi to cooperate on this matter, failing which heads will roll."

Meanwhile, Kenny Mathivha, spokesman for the legislature, confirmed yesterday that MEC Mashamba had not been reporting for work since the beginning of the year owing to ill-health.

He said Mashamba had informed the speaker of the legislature that she was not well.

Rumours about her illness have been kept a secret in the province.

She reportedly fell ill shortly after the ANC's Polokwane conference in December.


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