In a statement Cllr Dean Biddulph, the Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality said:
“The fight for clean administration and accountability took a major step forward today with the serving of a letter of dismissal on another long suspended metro official, Mod Ndoyana.
This new DA-led coalition government is serious about stopping corruption which is exactly why we have taken a decision to expedite all outstanding disciplinary proceedings.
Former Corporate Services Executive Director Mod Ndoyana was served with a letter of dismissal on 13 December 2016, bringing to a close a lengthy disciplinary process and an extended period of suspension.
The dismissal opens the way for the new administration to appoint a fresh face into the critical position of Executive Director for Corporate Services and sends a strong message that this administration will vigorously pursue every disciplinary process until all outstanding matters are concluded.
We commit to appointing a new Corporate Services Executive Director who will take this Metro forward through clean and principled governance.
This is the second high profile case that has been successfully prosecuted and includes the recent dismissal of Supply Chain Management employee Sox Nkanjeni.
A number of long outstanding matters are progressing well, such as that of a suspended senior Budget and Treasury official who will appear in front of a disciplinary panel in late January. Several high level suspensions have recently taken place and we aim to complete all outstanding investigations in 2017.
This government remains determined to make good on our election promises of stopping corruption.
We intend to clean up the administration without fear or favour and remain on course to create a model of governance where accountability, honesty and professionalism become the hallmarks of a people-centred local government.
We are a city of rising opportunity with a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.”
Ndoyana first came to the public’s attention on 26 April 2011 when Mzwandile Mod Ndoyana was arrested at his apartment at The Heads in South End, Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday, 26 April after allegedly attacking his wife for the second time in the early hours of Monday, 25 April.
He was first apprehended on an assault charge in November 2004, for allegedly beating his wife, Lucinda.
Ndoyana was appointed by acting municipal manager Elias Ntoba and the mayor as a strategic adviser providing guidance and support to Wayile in March 2010.
In December 2013, the Nelson Mandela Bay council appointed Mod Ndoyana as the corporate services boss, but his employment officially started in February, on condition that he completed the national Treasury’s requirements of personal development courses which he lacked for the job.
His probation period had to be extended by six months after he failed to complete all the courses set out in his contract.
By the end of August, he had completed seven modules and had eight courses to finish.
Questions were being asked about Ndoyana and his then R1.6 Million rand annual survey in September 2014 with DA Councillor Werner Senekal asking why some required reports dating back to 2012 were not forthcoming. Former Mayor, Ben Fihla berated the corporate services department saying that it had to find a better way to resolve workers grievances. DA opposition councillors blasted Ndoyana for treating councillors with disdain. DA Councillor Michael Jarvis highlighted that the council was being too soft on the issue and at the directorate was not in control of what was going on.
Mod Ndoyana and Lindile Putuna were suspended on 31 July 2015 amidst Hawks and National Treasury investigations into the IPTS corruption report – this after the suspensions of Nadia Gerwel and Adv Mhleli Tshamase.
At the time former Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan said; “The city manager should now formulate charges to both executive directors, and the process must be fast tracked with immediate effect.” Jordaan also noted that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality had appointed an independent investigator to look at various allegations of violation of policies against the two municipal officials.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality appointed Vuyo Zitumane, a reputed administrator and businesswoman well known as ‘Mrs Fix It’ in the province as the acting corporate services director while suspended head, Mod Ndoyana, awaited a disciplinary hearing.
In the beginning of November 2016, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality gave notice that it would be suing a Port Elizabeth security firm -Afrisec Strategic Solutions – and seven of its city’s current and former senior staff, in the hope of recouping R92.4-million spent on CCTV cameras for the beleaguered bus system.
It is believed that payments made between November 2013 and September 2014, which were ultimately approved by suspended corporate services boss Mod Ndoyana, were irregular and unlawful as there was no legal contract in place.
The final nail in this sorry saga is the announcement of Ndoyana’s dismissal on 13 December 2016.
According to Mod Ndoyana’s Facebook profile he is a former Organisational Development Consultant in the Northern Cape, studied Human Resource Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and went to the Hector Peterson High School, Zwelitsha, King Williams Town.
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