Dumi’s last words: ‘Be strong for the fam­ily’

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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.

Is it fair to re­serve jobs for cadres? What can be done to stop this prac­tice?

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.

PHOTO: PHUTI MATHOBELA

SHAT­TERED

Dumi Masilela’s younger brother, Mbon­geni, shares his last mo­ments with Dumi

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