RTMCThe Citizen reports that the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) says that Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) boss Makhosini Msibi must do the honourable thing and step down, or take the public protector’s scathing report against him on review, but he can’t just carry on as normal.  

“[The] transport minister [Fikile Mbulula] and the RTMC board must, in the spirit of [the] Thuma Mina [campaign], suspend Msibi immediately and institute a forensic investigation on all contracts awarded since he took over in 2014,” said Sophonia Machaba, the union’s secretary-general.  This came on the back of allegations that Julia Manamela, in revelations made by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, had been appointed irregularly as an administration assistant by Msibi.  The public protector found that the process of employing Manamela in November 2014 had not been fair or transparent and that she had been the only one vying for the position.  Mkhwebane did not look into the allegations of a previous relationship between Msibi and Manamela.  Mkhwebane also found that Msibi’s appointment of senior advocates to handle disciplinary processes – which did not require such high levels of expertise – amounted to irregular expenditure and that he improperly approved excessive payments to his bodyguards.  Machaba said the union had warned before that Msibi was using lawyers to harass and intimidate staff who became vocal about irregularities at the RTMC.

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