hawksThe Citizen reports that the Hawks in Limpopo are investigating the circumstances surrounding the appointment of Greater Tzaneen municipal manager Serapelo Matlala.  

The investigation comes after an application by the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), which requested the public protector to investigate allegations that Matlala faced a criminal case of drinking and driving in 2007.  He was appointed as the municipality’s manager in March last year.  According to Samwu, Matlala did not disclose during his interview that he had been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.  “We are law-abiding citizens and we believe the same applies to Matlala… We, therefore, expect him to lead by example,” ” said Samwu in the chairperson in the municipality, Moses Malatji on Monday.  Malatji said Samwu had proof that Matlala did not breathe a word about his criminal charges during an interview for the position in 2017.”  A spokesperson for the municipality confirmed on Monday that the entity was under investigation by the Office of the Public Protector.

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