According to Mail & Guardian, residents of the Matlosana local municipality in North West have approached lawyers to force the municipality to remove its municipal manager, claiming that he failed to disclose his alleged criminal record.

In 2016, Theetsi Nkhumise was seconded to the municipality as acting municipal manager while the municipality was under administration. In May 2017 this position was made permanent. According to the municipality’s annual report, Nkhumise ears close to R 1.5 million a year.

The advertisement for his job clearly stated that the applicant must not have a criminal record. The Mail & Guardian has a copy of the advertisement, which states that the contract is for five years, that the applicant must have a valid driver’s license and must have NO criminal record.

Allegedly, Nkhumise has a criminal record for a tax-related crime. Concerned citizens forced the municipality to start an investigation into why it was possible to appoint him without declaring it.

Apparently, the matter has also been reported to the Hawks, their spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi, confirmed to Mail& Guardian that an inquiry has been opened.

Citizens are demanding the suspension of Nkhumise.  

A lawyer’s letter on behalf of the speaker and mayor, responding to the citizens, states that the municipality cannot take disciplinary action against the senior manager until a full investigation is done.

 – Full article in the Mail & Guardian of May 3, 2019