PREVIEW: Vryheid municipal top dog has R1.3mil annual salary but no matric?

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A LETTER issued on the Provincial Department of Education letterhead concludes that AbaQulusi’s Director of Community Services, Archie Khumalo, does not have a matric certificate.

According to the letter, signed by acting deputy director general of curriculum branch, Dr JB Mthembu, Mr Khumalo registered for seven subjects in 1986 and did not write them. In 1996, he did write his matric exams but failed all the subjects written.

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This calls to question not only how Mr Khumalo came to hold a Masters degree from the University of the Free State, but also how he has succeeded in occupying several high level management positions in government, including being appointed as head of ministry in the Public Work Department under the KZN MEC, Director at uThukela Water in Newcastle, Director of Community Services in AbaQulusi in 2010, and municipal manager at Hlabisa municipality.

Sthe Machai, the subregional secretary of the ANC, claims that members of the IFP, the ruling party at AbaQulusi, employed Mr Khumalo knowing he did not have a matric certificate.

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“He is there to serve the agenda of the IFP. He is earning R1.3million a year and he does not even have matric. The management of the municipality is supposed to verify and make sure the information contained in his CV is correct before making an informed decision to appoint. This shows that, at AbaQulusi, we have people in positions who are not capable of doing the job. If this is the case, how can they be expected to provide services at AbaQulusi,” said Mr Machai.

 

Municipal manager, Bonga Ntanzi, admitted that he did not know for certain if Mr Khumalo has a matric certificate or not.

Read today’s edition of the Vryheid Herald’s print edition to read the full story, including full responses from the municipal manager and the mayor.

UPDATE: Vryheid Director of Community Services resigns amid matric certificate scandal

 

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Estella Naicker

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