N West premier’s spokesman axed

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Rustenburg - Lesiba Kgwele, head of communications in the office of the North West premier, has been fired following a disciplinary hearing, an official said on Tuesday.

“The investigation into the allegations of misconduct of Mr Lesiba Kgwele was initiated by his supervisor who was also the accounting officer of the office of the premier on 18 March 2013,” said acting director general in the office of the premier, Johannes Rantete.

“Mr Kgwele was charged among others with gross insubordination and failure to carry out lawful orders and routine instructions without reasonable cause.”

Kgwele was dismissed on Friday.

He was found guilty of seven out of the nine charges and the decision to dismiss him was issued by the chairman of the disciplinary hearing, advocate Afzal Mosam, on May 21, Rantete said.

He said Kgwele had the right to appeal.

Kgwele on Tuesday bemoaned the announcement of his dismissal calling it premature.

“My right to appeal has not at this stage been exercised and all legal processes finalised,” he said in a statement.

“Until such time that the appeal process has been finalised or I have accepted the dismissal, I remain an employee of the provincial government.”

Kgwele claimed his dismissal was part of a “much bigger orchestrated plot to purge and ultimately destroy” him.

“It is unfortunate that power has been abused, individuals manipulated and state resources used to settle a personal grudge,” he said.

Kgwele was spokesman for former North West premier Thandi Modise during her time at the helm of the province.

Sapa


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