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By Michael Sakuneka | Jul 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE future of the mayor of Greater Giyani hangs in the balance after she was accused of nepotism.

THE future of the mayor of Greater Giyani hangs in the balance after she was accused of nepotism.

With only less than a year in office, Doris Mathebula, who took over the reigns after the recalling of former mayor Angie Ramaepadi, has been accused of trying to build her empire in the council by allegedly appointing her relatives to key positions.

The ANC Youth League yesterday accused Mathebula of turning the municipality into her fiefdom. This was after she allegedly appointed Magic Masingi as the new municipal manager to fill the position vacated by Silence Makhubele, who has been deployed to Parliament.

Masingi is expected to commence his duties on August 1.

Spokesperson for the ANCYL in the Greater Giyani area Sydwell Mabunda said the league was calling for the resignation of the mayor as she had failed to act as a true leader.

Mabunda said the mayor was also accused of appointing her son, Musa Mathebula, as manager for the project management unit on a three- year contract.

She also allegedly tried to appoint her nephew as her personal assistant but was stopped after it was discovered that she conducted the short listing process herself.

Mabunda told Sowetan that Mathebula is also being accused of trying to influence the Mopani district municipality to appoint her relative to occupy a vacant position as municipal manager.

He added that they would seek the ANC's intervention in the region to make sure that the mayor was recalled. "We are afraid that we might find ourselves being led by the Mathebula clan if something is not done."

Mathebula yesterday dismissed the allegations that she had appointed her relatives. She further referred enquiries to the ANC, which was not available for comment by late yesterday.


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