Dumi’s last words: ‘Be strong for the family’
have also made possible the re-employment of an official with a chequered past. Since making the demand, the ANC has forced the employment of former Mkhondo Local Municipality chief finance officer Steven Thobela, who resigned in May after an investigation into corruption and cancelled contracts was opened.
ANC regional secretary Mathe has denied there is a moratorium on filling municipal posts or that the ANC has taken over municipal powers regarding vacancies.
He said public institutions were guided by the Constitution and policies, but he could not clarify the meaning of his letter to the municipality.
He insisted that job opportunities were open to all residents within the region, irrespective of political affiliation, and added that municipalities had not stopped filling vacancies.
Despite Mathe’s denial, cadre deployment appears to be deeply entrenched in Mpumalanga under the ANC. In 2011, the PEC took a resolution that jobs were to be reserved for cadres who did not make it onto local government lists.
The minutes of the PEC 2011 meeting stated: “The officials thoroughly discussed this matter and resolved to recommend that, as the caring organisation, the ANC should try to deploy all the cadres of the organisation who could not make it on the list. All MECs should, as a matter of urgency, inform the provincial secretary about ‘the funded vacant post’ for the purpose of possible deployment [sic].”
EFF Mpumalanga leader Collen Sedibe said: “This confirms what the EFF has been raising about cadre deployment and nepotism. We know that the whole purpose of this moratorium is to reserve employment positions for ANC delegates to the national elective conference, and we have no doubt that it will apply to all the municipalities, provincial departments and state-owned enterprises because that is how Premier Mabuza operates.”
DA provincial leader James Masango said the moratorium was all about the conference and sidelining those who were not toeing the party line.
“Where on earth have you seen a party bringing on a moratorium on employment in a government institution? This is about their conference,” he said.
After City Press sent questions to the ANC, Mpumalanga ANC secretary Mandla Ndlovu on Friday said the region had been told to withdraw its instruction to the municipality.
“I’m not trying to dilute your story, but we’ve already told the region to withdraw. It was wrong, it was a human error,” Ndlovu said.
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SMS us on 35697 using the keyword CADRES and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50 Dumi Masilela’s younger brother, Mbongeni, said just hours before he died, the slain Rhythm City actor urged him to be strong for the family.
“He told me I had to be strong and that he’d also be strong for me and the family,” said Mbongeni outside the family’s Kempton Park home.
Masilela (29) was with a friend in a white Golf 7 in Tembisa when they were approached by a black Jeep on Wednesday evening. The Jeep’s two occupants apparently tried to hijack them. Masilela drove away and the hijackers opened fire on the vehicle.
“The wounded Masilela could drive to a certain point, then his friend took over and drove him to hospital, where he died this morning,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela on Thursday.
Mbongeni said the Rhythm City actor was shot in the waist and the bullet had damaged many of his organs.
The family is angry about the way he died.
“I cannot lie to you, it has been tough. Last year we lost our father, and now it’s Dumi. My mother is a strong, praying woman,” said Mbongeni.
His aunt also died this week.
Mbongeni described his brother as a determined fighter who, after a serious car accident in his early twenties, battled to recover.
“Doctors told him he’d never walk again. He stopped his soccer career [he played for the national Under-23 side and SuperSport United] and it was painful to see him suffering,” he said.
Mbongeni spoke of how his brother loved his wife, Simphiwe Ngema, and said they were “like magnets attracting each other. They were inseparable.”
Masilela married the actress a few months ago in a traditional ceremony.
Ngema was by his side as Masilela went into theatre, but he died while doctors tried to save his life.
“It’s been hard for Simphiwe and my mother – they’re not coping at all,” Mbongeni said.
On Friday, Makhubela said police recovered the Jeep used in the attempted hijacking abandoned in Ivory Park. The Jeep had been hijacked from its owner in Daveyton on Wednesday.
A memorial service will be held at the Kempton Park Civic Theatre and the funeral at Hope Restoration Ministries Church in Kempton Park on Saturday. Times are yet to be confirmed.
Dumi Masilela’s younger brother, Mbongeni, shares his last moments with Dumi