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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) deputy director-general for national water resources infrastructure, Zandile Makhathini, has been fired because of a lack of “trust and confidence”.  

This happened before Makhathini was able to go through a formal disciplinary process.  She was suspended on 2 October for refusing to allow other projects in the ministry to dip into her unit’s R12bn budget.  It seems that the unit is generally regarded as the “honey pot” of the department, which is in financial dire straits.  At her disciplinary hearing on 9 October, Makhathini asked that the matter be handled by a commissioner from the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council, but the DWS and appointed a senior counsel to conduct the hearing, which was expected to reconvene in 10 days.  Despite this, the DWS moved to axe Makhathini on 19 October.  In its termination letter, the DWS claimed there had been a breakdown in trust and confidence.  The letter reads:  “You … stated that you will never get a fair hearing before the disciplinary chairperson, advocate Themba Skosana SC, as he has been appointed by your employer.  The department viewed the conduct in a very serious light and tantamount to you informing it that it was dishonest, corrupt and that the hearing was a sham.  It furthermore regarded your conduct as a breach of your duties of trust and good faith, resulting in a breakdown of trust and confidence.”  Apparently, Makhathini will now approach the courts to fight her dismissal.

  • Read this report by Genevieve Quintal in full at BusinessLive

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