Two who challenged appointment ‘reshuffled’

Two ANC legislature employees who challenged the appointment of a researcher who allegedly did not possess a matric certificate at chief whip Mzoleli Mrara’s office, are among seven employees “reshuffled” from their positions.

Noluthando Sipuka was moved from Mrara’s office to the ANC’s human resources (HR) office, while Nozikhungo Stofile-Mhlana was moved from HR to being a secretary to ANC MPL Nomawethu Gqiba.

She is however fighting the decision, while Sipuka yesterday described the reshuffling as “an abuse of power targeting us for challenging that appointment”. She said she was angry but had no choice but to abide by the decision.

Stofile-Mhlana confirmed she had been told to move to Gqiba’s office but had remained in her HR office “because I am not a secretary, but an HR practitioner”.

She refused to comment further.

In June the Dispatch reported that the two had written to Mrara demanding to know why they were overlooked for a researcher post filled by a candidate who allegedly did not have a valid matric certificate.

Their complaints stemmed from the appointment of Noluthando Mathetha-Mosiane as a researcher at ANC legislature office, despite her not possessing the minimum requirement of a degree or diploma.

Stofile-Mhlana has a degree in public administration from the University of Fort Hare and is currently working towards a master’s degree.

Sipuka also has a public administration degree and is currently studying for an honours degree.

They demanded to know why Mathetha-Mosiane, who allegedly does not possess a legitimate matric certificate, was appointed ahead of them. After their complaint, the appointment was reversed by the ANC.

The latest round of reshuffling has placed the legislature ANC on a collision course with labour union Nehawu. Union legislature chairman Madoda Nkwali yesterday said they “did not recognise these reshuffles”.

The changes – which have drawn the ire of some employees within the ANC caucus – were effected at the beginning of this month.

A report dated July 28 and seen by Dispatch was drafted by ANC MPL and whip for administration Phumeza Mpushe.

Neither Mrara nor Mpushe could be reached for comment yesterday. However, in the report Mpushe says the “reshuffling” was prompted by “recent activities that took place within ANC caucus, ranging from deployment of MPLs (Alfred Mtsi and Xola Pakati) to Buffalo City Metro, to sick staff members and MPLs without secretaries”.

Among those moved are Nehawu’s shop stewards committee member Patrick Sekoe, who was reshuffled from being ANC MPL Tony Duba’s secretary to a secretary for both Nomvuzo Mlombile-Cingo and Fezeka Nkomonye. Sekoe yesterday refused to comment. Luvuyo Tolashe was moved from Gqiba’s office to Ncwadi Tunyiswa’s office.

Linda Dywili moved from Pakati’s office to Duba’s; Venencia Meyer was moved from Mpumelelo Saziwa’s office to Mrara’s; and Simphiwe Mvusi was moved from Mlombile-Cingo’s office to the offices of two new ANC MPLs – Temba Tinta and Chippa Ngcolomba.

Nkwali has since written to Mrara and Mpushe demanding a meeting.

“The union has noted with concern the unilateral changes in working conditions of some workers without due engagement and without the union taken into confidence,” the letter said. — asandan@dispatch.co.za

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