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Union wants heads to roll over Letebele

Johannesburg - Public service union Nehawu has called for the immediate expulsion of Limpopo MEC Pinky Kekana and Ntau Letebele, the new boss at a state-owned bus company.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union has been angered by Letebele’s new appointment to the high-profile position of Great North Transport CEO, a subsidiary of the Limpopo economic development agency.

Head of the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department, Ntau Letebele. File Picture: Dumisani Sibeko. Credit: INLSA

“Nehawu is shocked by the appointment of the notorious former Limpopo roads and transport head,” said Nehawu’s provincial secretary, Jacob Adams.

Letebele, who is being investigated for his role in the awarding of a R52 million contract to On-Point Engineering, a company in which expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema owns shares, resigned suddenly from the transport department last week.

He started his new job last Wednesday.

Adams also said Kekana, who was still transport MEC when On-Point got the irregular contract, must be fired from the provincial legislature.

“She was previously (his) boss in the transport department.

“She has proven to be an unreliable and capricious individual who cannot be entrusted with such a serious position,” said Adams.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in a report that On-Point had faked a tax clearance certificate, and that it had lacked experience.

Madonsela blasted Letebele for not disqualifying On-Point, despite glaring discrepancies in their application and recommended that he be investigated.

Letebele quit last week as the private law firm was set to begin probing him.

This was despite the fact that Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale had extended his three-year contract by five years last September.

This week, The Star reported that Letebele’s move to the bus company had been recommended by Kekana’s Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department.

Great North Transport is a subsidiary of the Limpopo economic development agency, which reports directly to, Kekana’s economic development department.

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