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limpopo thumb100 City Press reports that the Limpopo department of cooperative governance, human settlement, and traditional affairs (Coghsta) and Sekhukhune District Municipality are facing allegations of conspiring to cover up details in the appointment of the supposedly unqualified chief financial officer (CFO) of the municipality.

It was recently reported that the municipality had violated local government regulations on the appointment and conditions of employment of senior managers when it appointed Hendrick Nkadimeng as the CFO, despite failing the competency assessment. The department denied the allegations and defended Nkadimeng’s appointment, but insiders claim the department and the municipality have been trying to protect Nkadimeng. "The municipality even lied to the MEC for cooperative governance, human settlement, and traditional affairs, Basikopo Makamu," said a source. In a letter to the former executive mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Julia Mathebe, dated 8 November 2022, Makamu strongly questioned the motive for the municipality to appoint Nkadimeng, who had failed the competency assessment. Makamu instructed the municipality to comply with the applicable regulations. "This means that the municipality needs to reverse the appointment of Nkadimeng and appoint a suitable person," the source pointed out. But, the municipality defied Makamu and refused to reverse Nkadimeng's appointment. "It’s been 15 months since Makamu wrote that letter, but the municipality is still refusing to do as ordered," noted the source. Last week, the department denied that Makamu wrote a letter to the municipality advising them to reverse the appointment of Nkadimeng. The department added all necessary processes were followed before his appointment. It further said that Nkadimeng was qualified and that he scored the highest points in the interview.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Norman Masungwini at City Press (subscriber access only)

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