By James Masango MPL – DA Spokesperson on the Office of the Premier
The Democratic Alliance (DA) hopes that action taken against Zibonele Mncwango, the spokesperson of the office of the Premier in Mpumalanga, will be a deterrent to other public servants not to use government resources for private matters.
Last year, the DA lodged a complaint with the office of the Premier (OTP) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) after it emerged that Mncwango was in breach of Section 14 of the Public Service Regulation when he issued a statement using government resources to defend former Premier DD Mabuza against allegations made by Matthews Phosa that Mabuza had been an apartheid spy.
After an investigation, the PSC found that Mncwango’s actions were not only wrongful, but lack the necessary professional ethics befitting of a public servant. The report found that he did not act in the interest of the OTP, the provincial government, or the broader society as is expected of a public servant.
The PSC recommended that the Director General (DG) of Mpumalanga government Mathews Mohlasedi must take action against Mr Mncwango for abuse of resources relating to the unauthorised publications, as well as apply his mind to an appropriate sanction to prevent further abuse.
After over a year of engagements with the office of the Premier as well as PSC, the DG has finally responded to the DA.
In his response to the DA which is dated 16 November 2018, Mr Mohlasedi indicated that Mr Mncwango was issued with a warning letter and has been instructed to reimburse the expense incurred by the end of the 2018 financial year.
This is not only a victory for the DA, but one for the broader society at large. These findings are an indication that our government institutions are still working, and that corruption will not be tolerated no matter the scale.
In the interim, the DA will be writing back to the DG, to ask him to explain the process of how he applied his mind and to give specifics in relation to the amount that Mr Mncwango has been fined and how he is paying back the money.
We will also write a letter to Legislature Speaker, Violet Siwela, reminding her that we are still awaiting her response on the implications of Premier Refilwe Mtshweni’s misleading statements on this matter.
Only a DA government can bring real change that builds One South Africa For All.
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