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By Alfred Moselakgomo | Nov 12, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE rehiring of ex-Mpumalanga government spin doctor Lebona Mosia despite his costing the province nearly R2million in unnecessary losses last year is a huge risk.

The select committee on public accounts (Scopa) in Mpumalanga yesterday wanted to know why the premier's office chose to reinstate Mosia despite his allegedly incurring the office losses to the tune of R1,949million.

Mosia had allegedly failed to follow proper procurement procedures.

Mosia was fired in June last year but was reinstated earlier this year after a labour court order.

"How can you bring back a person who is so risky?" asked Scopa chairperson Fish Mahlalela when the premier's office appeared before the public funds watchdog yesterday.

Mighty Mgidi, Mpumalanga's acting director-general, said the expenditure was incurred when Mosia committed R1,949million from the premier's office without approval from his bosses.

"He later wrote to the then director-general Khaya Ngema asking for permission to procure services.

"Mosia had in the past failed to follow procurement procedures despite having been reprimanded by management, and that time we were left with no option but to charge him," Mgidi said.

Mosia appeared before a disciplinary hearing at which he was found guilty on two charges of "transgression or deviation from prescripts". He was then fired.

But he took the government to court, for unfair dismissal, and won. He was re-employed as a "strategic researcher".

Scopa yesterday ordered that the premier's office make efforts to recover the money.


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