Local Government MEC Spurns Ministers Determination not to Appoint Corrupt Municipal Manager

The MEC for Local Government in the Eastern Cape is condoning fraud and corruption by supporting the appointment of an unqualified and corrupt Municipal Manager in Camdeboo Municipality.

Reverend Pietersen applied for and was successful in obtaining the position of Municipal Manager in Camdeboo Municipality despite not having the required minimum competencies for the position. Furthermore, Pietersen has not covered himself in glory as he has serious fraud charges pending against him, which he did not disclose at his original interview for the position.

In addition, the Reverend did not make a success of his tenure at Oudtshoorn Municipality where he left under a cloud.

It is further alleged that Pietersen is trying to claim two salaries, as the Director: Cooperate Support of Gariep Municipality, as well as the newly appointed Municipal Manager in Camdeboo, despite not having assumed the position at the time.

In addition, it has come to our attention that Pietersen is trying to claim Subsistence and Travel from Camdeboo on a visit to the municipality, instituted on his own volition.

The Camdeboo Municipality wrote to the National Treasury, on the instruction of the MEC, asking for a waiver of the minimum requirements in order for Pietersen to be appointed.

To date, there has been no response from Treasury in this regard and as such the appointment is now in violation of a statutory obligation and is illegal.

Recently, DA councilor, Samantha Jankovich of Camdeboo council wrote to national Minister of Cooperative governance, Honourable Tsenoli asking for his intervention in this matter.

The result of the investigation concluded that the appointment of Pietersen is null and void and he should not be appointed in this capacity. Click here, for the Ministerial Determination Report.

However, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane has gone against this determination and sanctioned this appointment.

The Democratic Alliance views this issue in a serious light as we are of the view that a determination from a Minister is legally binding.

Secondly, the conduct by the MEC and the ANC led council to appoint this person flies in the face of the commitment by the ANC to fight corruption and maladministration

On behalf of the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape, we have referred this matter to our colleague in parliament John Steenhuizen MP, for him to engage with the Minister in this regard.

I will be asking the MEC to account in the Provincial Legislature as to why he sanctioned this appointment and went against the determination of the national minister.

This matter shows yet again, that patronage and party loyalty trump morality and competence and it is on these issues that the ANC will be severely punished by the electorate in next year’s election.

Click here for the letter to the MEC: MEC – Request to invoke Section 106 of MSA[2]