LISTEN | Majodina lashes out, threatens to sue department
Storm brews over former colleague’s reminisces at funeral
A WhatsApp voice note alleged to be the voice of ANC parliamentary chief whip Pemmy Majodina threatening to sue the department she was the MEC of is doing the rounds on social media.
The two-minute message sent to the provincial department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (Dsrac) former chief of staff, Nozibele Majikija, involves Dsrac MEC Fezeka Bayeni and head of department Mzolisi Matutu being given 48 hours to clear Majodina’s name or face a lawsuit.
Majikija on Sunday said the voice note had been sent to her by Majodina.
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It is alleged that Majodina was upset that the department’s Cacadu district office manager Vuyiseka Nokenke, who spoke at the memorial service of human resources manager Thobeka “Thotho” Yakopi-Makoyi, told of how she and the deceased used to drink alcohol at work and would not get into trouble for it, alleging that Majodina knew about it.
The service was held at Bhisho Community Church on Thursday.
In the voice note, the woman speaking is heard telling Majikija that she was “angered” when her phone was flooded with messages from concerned people telling her about Nokenke’s statement.
“For what reason was my name used in public like that by Nokenke? Instead of respecting the service, she makes statements about getting drunk.
“First of all, I don’t even drink alcohol. If I have to take Dsrac to task, I will do that, starting from the HOD to the last person.
“Whoever was talking about my name has low morals. I am not going to take that lying down.”
In the clip, the speaker also slams Majikija over her alleged “silence” at the service.
“Even you, Nozi ... I would have thought you would defend me, but you were silent. Get me Matshaya [Matutu’s clan name] and get me in contact with the MEC of Dsrac. If they don’t answer this within the next 48 hours I will have to send my legal team and sue people for the use of my name,” the voice note says.
Numerous attempts to get comment from Majodina were unsuccessful on Sunday. She neither returned calls nor answered messages sent to her.
Contacted for comment, Dsrac spokesperson Andile Nduna on Sunday said Bayeni, Matutu and Nokenke were all aware of the audio clip.
Speaking on behalf of the three, Nduna said Matutu had called a meeting on Monday to discuss the audio clip.
“Both the office of the HOD and that of the MEC have yet to receive any legal complaint or otherwise arising from the utterances at the service.”
Nduna added: “It is with deep sadness that before we have come to terms with the passing of Thobeka Yakopi-Makoyi, we find ourselves dealing with these hurtful utterances.”
Majikija said she forwarded the voice note to Matutu and the department’s corporate services general manager Luyanda Tsipa, “so they could reprimand the official [Nokenke]”.
“As to how it landed in the public domain, the two offices [Matutu’s and Tsipa’s] may shed some light,” said Majikija.