Nx­esi crit­i­cises D-G for by­pass­ing him in com­plaint

Sunday Tribune - - NATION -

PUB­LIC Works Min­is­ter Thu­las Nx­esi has fired a broad­side at his di­rec­tor­gen­eral and the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion’s (PSC) pro­vi­sional re­port on the find­ings against a se­nior of­fi­cial in the de­part­ment.

In a sub­mis­sion to the PSC, to be dis­cussed in a meet­ing with the stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts in Par­lia­ment (Scopa),

Nx­esi ac­cused his di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Sam Vukela, of by­pass­ing him when he re­ported the em­ploy­ment of the of­fi­cial.

The sub­mis­sion, which In­de­pen­dent Me­dia has seen, also takes a swipe at the find­ings of the PSC in the pro­vi­sional re­port say­ing the find­ings were base­less and con­tra­dicted cer­tain pro­vi­sions of the law.

Nx­esi has also blasted the PSC for re­fus­ing to in­ves­ti­gate 680 peo­ple hired af­ter Vukela was ap­pointed and ac­cused the com­mis­sion of de­mand­ing R12 mil­lion up­front pay­ment be­fore launch­ing the probe.

The PSC had found that the em­ploy­ment of the of­fi­cial was ir­reg­u­lar af­ter Vukela had lodged a com­plaint with the com­mis­sion.

But Nx­esi stated in the sub­mis­sion that Vukela should have gone to him first be­fore re­port­ing the mat­ter to the PSC. He ac­cused Vukela of be­ing a ref­eree and player in that he was a com­plainant but also gave ev­i­dence as the ac­count­ing of­fi­cer.

“It is com­mon cause that the griev­ance or com­plaint re­gard­ing the sec­ond­ment of Mr (Cox) Mok­goro was re­ferred to the PSC by among oth­ers the di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Mr Vukela. On proper read­ing of rule 7 re­ferred to above, be­fore a griev­ance can be re­ferred to the PSC it must first be re­ferred to the min­is­ter as the ex­ec­u­tive author­ity. Should the min­is­ter fail to deal with such a griev­ance or com­plaint it is only then that the com­plaint can be ripe for re­fer­ral to the PSC,” states Nx­esi in his sub­mis­sion.

Nx­esi fur­ther states that when Vukela was deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral for Cor­po­rate Ser­vices he had rec­om­mended the sec­ond­ment of Mok­goro to the de­part­ment.

This was be­fore Nx­esi took over as min­is­ter and at the time Nathi Nh­leko was pub­lic works min­is­ter.

He said the re­port of the PSC was silent on the role played by other of­fi­cials in the hir­ing of Mok­goro, but only dealt with him.

Nx­esi fur­ther stated there was no breach of the law when Mok­goro was hired from his com­pany to join the de­part­ment as his com­pany did not do busi­ness with the state.

Vukela de­clined to com­ment, say­ing the mat­ter was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “The mat­ter is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by the PSC and Scopa. Let us await the out­come of those pro­cesses,” said Vukela.

The PSC also re­fused to com­ment and said it did not dis­cuss its in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the me­dia.

Scopa chair­per­son Themba Godi said yes­ter­day the mat­ter would be dis­cussed at their meet­ings in the com­ing weeks.

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