DA to probe dodgy Limpopo appointments


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo said it will submit detailed questions to the Legislature to scrutinise all appointments made to Premier Stanley Mathabatha’s office during his tenure.

This follows an order made by the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council yesterday that the Premier must compensate R1.4 million to an unsuccessful job applicant by 31 January 2021.

During September 2012 the position of senior manager for human resources was advertised and in subsequent interviews Ms Moipone Mathole came up tops.

“Not satisfied with the result, the Office of the Premier, re-advertised the position, did not shortlist Ms Mathole, but she was sent for a competency test together with Michael Maseko who was later appointed in the position.

“It later emerged that Mr Maseko misrepresented his qualifications during the interview by fraudulently claiming that he obtained a diploma,” alleged DA’s Jacques Smalle.

The DA is concerned that competency is sacrificed to appoint unqualified cadres in the Office of the Premier and that processes and HR policies were flouted to achieve this deceitful objective.

“The position of Senior Manager: Human Resources is a senior and strategic position, but it is clear that no vetting was conducted before Mr Maseko was appointed.

“It is also noted that the Premier’s Office has become the last resort for underperforming cadres from other departments and institutions,” added Smalle.

The DA believes that Limpopo cannot afford such punitive monetary orders against its coffers and that every cent must be spent prudently and on the appointments of individuals who are for purpose.

“We will continue to expose all dishonest appointments across the board and will insist on not only outstanding performance from all government officials, but also their dedication to the people of Limpopo and not the ruling party,” alleged the party.


Thapelo Motseo

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