Daily Dispatch

Workers say Bhisho boss protecting pals


A SENIOR manager in the Eastern Cape department of transport has been accused of squashing internal fraud investigat­ions.

She is alleged to be protecting at least eight managers and officials who allegedly submitted fraudulent travel claims amounting to about R298 000.

Her name is known to the Daily Dispatch but she is not being named as the transport portfolio committee is yet to be informed in the matter.

DA MPL Marshall von Buchenrode­r, who said he was alerted to the issue by concerned officials, yesterday said he had written to MEC Weziwe Tikana demanding answers. In a letter to Von Buchenrode­r, the concerned workers asked that he and the transport committee “stop the rot before it escalates any further”.

The letter, which the Daily Dispatch has seen, accuses the senior official of abusing her power and defeating the ends of justice.

The fraud inquiries reportedly shelved by the senior manager date from 2013 to now.

The letter names four managers and four officials whose investigat­ions into their conduct were allegedly shelved.

“The portfolio committee is urged to immediatel­y intervene and put a stop to the blatant compromisi­ng of ethics and perpetuati­ng of corrupt practices including abuse of power by [the manager] and her principals,” the concerned workers wrote.

“The protection of wrongdoers mocks whistle-blowers and sends a message that staff or cronies close to [the manager] are untouchabl­e.”

Von Buchenrode­r said the department should probe the allegation­s and if found to be true, strong action should be taken.

Transport committee chairwoman Tamara Xhanti said the committee was not aware of the allegation­s while provincial transport spokeswoma­n Ntombizomz­i Bala had not responded to questions at the time of writing.

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