Ned­lac sus­pends ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

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The Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Labour Coun­cil (Ned­lac) has placed its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Madoda Vi­lakazi on pre­cau­tion­ary sus­pen­sion pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his lead­er­ship at the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Labour Coun­cil (Ned­lac) has placed its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Madoda Vi­lakazi, on pre­cau­tion­ary sus­pen­sion pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his lead­er­ship at the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The sus­pen­sion is the sec­ond at the labour depart­ment en­tity months after its highly praised work on the for­mu­la­tion of the na­tional min­i­mum wage pol­icy, which was re­cently en­acted.

Al­though Ned­lac would not pro­vide the rea­sons for the sus­pen­sion, Busi­ness Day un­der­stands Vi­lakazi was sus­pended for fail­ing to pre­vent fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment and in­ci­dents of con­flict of in­ter­est. He is also al­leged to have been im­pli­cated in the ir­reg­u­lar ap­point­ment of ser­vice providers.

In Novem­ber, Vi­lakazi placed Ned­lac CFO Mfanu­fik­ile Daza on sus­pen­sion for al­legedly not ad­her­ing to the body’s pro­cure­ment poli­cies, among oth­ers.

At the time Vi­lakazi pleaded in­no­cence, say­ing the fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at Ned­lac were be­ing blown out of pro­por­tion.

VI­LAKAZI PLEADED IN­NO­CENCE, SAY­ING THE FI­NAN­CIAL IR­REG­U­LAR­I­TIES AT NED­LAC WERE BE­ING BLOWN OUT OF PRO­POR­TION

The man­age­ment com­mit­tee de­cided to place Vi­lakazi on sus­pen­sion in De­cem­ber while “in­ter­nal pro­cesses on both sus­pen­sions un­fold and are con­sid­ered by rel­e­vant struc­tures”, Ned­lac spokesper­son Tidi­malo Chuene said.

She said head of pro­gramme op­er­a­tions Nobuntu Sibisi will act as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

In Novem­ber Ned­lac’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee re­ceived the find­ings of a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion that was launched after au­di­tor-gen­eral Kimi Makwetu flagged the body’s ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture and fail­ure to act in line with the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act.

The re­port rec­om­mended that “dis­ci­plinary ac­tion” be taken against Vi­lakazi and Daza.

Al­though labour min­is­ter Mil­dred Oliphant said at the time that the mat­ter would be con­cluded in four weeks, that time­line has not been met.

She said the man­age­ment com­mit­tee com­pris­ing of labour, busi­ness and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives had moved swiftly to deal with the mat­ter and “all of­fi­cials con­cerned had been called to ac­count”.

How­ever, Ned­lac has stalled on a sim­i­lar case in­volv­ing for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Her­bert Mkhize, who was found to have used the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s funds for per­sonal pur­chases.

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