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pansalbCity Press reports that Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has been dragged into a messy spat between workers and the board of the Pan South African Languages Board (PanSALB).  

Apparently the row over allegations of poor governance at PanSALB has also been brought to the attention of the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise.  The role of PanSALB includes promoting and creating conditions for the development and use of languages, including those that are commonly used in smaller communities.  A group of concerned PanSALB workers submitted a memorandum to Ramaphosa’s office last month and to Modise in November last year.  The claimed that they were being targeted, allegedly through trumped-up charges, by the current board, led by David Maahlamela, who was appointed as acting chief executive officer by the board in October last year.  The workers alleged that, in essence, Maahlamela had appointed himself.  In the memo, workers claimed that Maahlamela and his board were Mthethwa’s lapdogs and that the board had “gone rogue, apparently acting on the instructions of the minister.  They decided to play politics [instead of] executing their mandate.  A hit list has been compiled and it’s being executed with disregard of all statutes of this beautiful country.”  The reason for their persecution, the workers alleged, was that Maahlamela and his board perceived them as supporters of the previous board, which Mthethwa disbanded in 2016.  But Mthethwa’s spokesperson, Asanda Magaqa, dismissed allegations against the minister.  “That’s all speculation.  There is no evidence to support these claims or allegations.  The board is exercising its fiduciary duties,” Magaqa stated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Msindisi Fengu at City Press

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