Sanco calls for care by MEC

Con­cern about Lukhanji job can­di­date

The Rep - - NEWS - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

THE South African Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) has called on lo­cal gov­ern­ment and tra­di­tional af­fairs MEC Fikile Xasa to de­lay the ap­point­ment of the Lukhanji mu­nic­i­pal man­ager.

In a press brief­ing on Wed­nes­day, Sanco re­gional sec­re­tary Mbuyiselo Ntsabo said Sanco was not say­ing the pro­posed can­di­date, whose name is known to The Rep, should not be hired, but was call­ing for a de­lay in the ap­point­ment un­til re­lated queries had been re­solved. “We are avoid­ing what hap­pened with the for­mer mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Gre­gory Brown who was ap­pointed (while) not meet­ing the re­quire­ments and was later given a (golden) hand shake. Sanco is try­ing it level best to sus­tain sta­bil­ity in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and we are not mi­cro man­ag­ing Lukhanji. We are also avoid­ing mass ac­tions and op­po­si­tion par­ties from us­ing the ap­point­ment as a tool to fight the ANC-led mu­nic­i­pal­ity.”

A cir­cu­lar had stated that by Septem­ber, all se­nior man­agers would have to have the Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gramme in Man­age­ment De­vel­op­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance (CPMD) which the favoured can­di­date ap­par­ently does not have. “The CPMD is a must have re­quire­ment for mu­nic­i­pal man­ager as es­poused in the Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act (MFMA) reg­u­la­tion 493 on min­i­mum com­pe­tency lev­els for se­nior man­agers pub­lished in Gazette no 29967 on June 15 2007.”

Sanco wrote a let­ter to Xasa rais­ing their con­cerns, point­ing out that wrong ap­point­ments were the source of poor per­for­mance in terms of ser­vice de­liv­ery protest and mass ac­tions.

“We have been try­ing to pre­vent mass ac­tions aris­ing from in­ap­pro­pri­ate ap­point­ments in our mu­nic­i­pal­ity from tak­ing place for the past three years,” he said.

He is claim­ing that the can­di­date has an af­fi­davit in place of her Grade 12 cer­tifi­cate which was ap­par­ently lost (sim­i­lar to that of SABC boss Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng who is cur­rently in court) while the fact that she does not have a CPMD un­der­mines the MFMA reg­u­la­tion 493 on min­i­mum com­pe­tency lev­els for se­nior man­agers pub­lished in the Gazette.

“The CPMD is not op­tional it is a must have min­i­mum re­quire­ment. The po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity we sus­tained for the past three years can­not be sac­ri­ficed for some­thing we could have easily avoided, by ap­point­ing some­body whose cre­den­tials are un­ques­tion­able,” he said.

He ap­pealed to the MEC to en­sure the can­di­date met the re­quire­ments be­fore mak­ing the ap­point­ment. “Fail­ure to heed our pleas will force us to con­sider plan B, which con­se­quences are too ghastly to con­tem­plate. We hope that our pleas will not fall on deaf ears, for the sake of sta­bil­ity dur­ing (the) pre-elec­tion pe­riod,” Ntsabo said, adding that Sanco would also con­sider le­gal op­tions.

It would be ‘an em­bar­rass­ment to the al­liance’ as the ratepay­ers and the DA as op­por­tunists will jump onto the band­wagon, he said, warn­ing that ‘this ap­point­ment will blow up in our faces.”

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment and tra­di­tional af­fairs spokesman Mamkeli Ngam said the MEC was still look­ing at the ap­pli­ca­tion for con­cur­rence on the ap­point­ment and, once a de­ci­sion had been made, it would be com­mu­ni­cated with Lukhanji.

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