ActionSA vehemently opposes the appointment of the controversial Adv. Lonwabo Ngoqo as the Municipal Manager of the Matjhabeng Municipality that is on the brink of collapse.
To this end, ActionSA will lodge a formal complaint with the Free State MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (GoGTA), Mr Dukwana, and request that he withdraw his concurrence in light of this information. Failure to do so will in fact make him complicit in what amounts to unsavoury governance practices.
Adv. Ngoqo was dismissed as Bitou Municipality Manager over serious allegations of financial misconduct where he paid R23 million for land valued at R2.4 million.
Furthermore, when applying for the position of City Manager in Nelson Mandela Bay, Ngoqo misrepresented himself. In terms of Regulation 17(c) of the Muncipal Systems Act provides that when Council takes a resolution that it should satisfy itself that the candidate does not appear on the record of staff that was dismissed for financial misconduct. He failed to disclose that he had previously been dismissed on the basis of serious financial misconduct.
Financial misconduct is a serious offence, Matjhabeng deserves an accounting officer who is beyond reproach and not one who will likely exacerbate the town’s existing financial woes.
Matjhabeng urgently needs ethical leadership, to help save it from the increasing threat of collapse, not recycled managers that failed in other municipalities.