ActionSA Welcomes Suspension of High-Ranking Ekurhuleni Official Over Fake Qualifications

ActionSA welcomes the suspension of Xolani Nciza, a high-ranking official in Ekurhuleni, over his failure to submit genuine qualifications required for his position. ActionSA brought an urgent motion to the August council sitting seeking a council resolution to have Mr Xolani immediately suspended, but it was blocked by the EFF Speaker, Cllr Nthabiseng Tshivhenga.

ActionSA has written to the City Manager, Dr Imogen Mashazi, requesting that Mr Nciza be terminated rather than undergo disciplinary procedures as he still has not produced genuine qualifications necessary for the role he occupies.

We has been clear that officials need to be appointed based on competence rather than political affiliation. Competence-based appointments were reaffirmed as an ActionSA policy at our policy conference last week.

What is becoming abundantly clear is that Xolani Nciza would never have been able to climb the ranks to becoming the Divisional Head of Human Resources (HR) in Ekurhuleni had it not been for his brother’s political influence. Nciza is but one example of how cadre deployment has been used as a tool to employ politically connected individuals in important roles in our public institutions.

As a constructive opposition party in Ekurhuleni, ActionSA will continue to bring cadre deployment to light in council and will fight for residents who deserve to see their hard-earned rates and taxes spent on an efficient City bureaucracy.