Gauteng IPID head investigated for nepotism
By Lerato Motsa
Curriculum vitae’s of three candidates recently appointed for administration positions at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (Ipid) Johannesburg office and Pretoria’s satellite offices have the police watchdog’s Chief Director Felicia Ntshangase’s conduct investigated by the Public Service Commission. Ntshangase is alleged to have employed her friends within six months of her appointment and is reportedly planning to bring on board her son as well. All three candidates which have been appointed despite corporate governance advising otherwise have Ntshangase as a referee on their Curricullum vitae’s submitted to the IPID. The three were among five people shortlisted and interviewed as per post ref: Q9 /2015/01 and Q9/2015/02. She was the chairperson of the panel conducting the interviews but did not disclose any relation to the three candidates on the conflict of interest declaration form. A preliminary investigation by corporate governance has now established that two of the recommended candidates previously worked for Ntshangase whilst she was in the employ of the SAPS. It also appears Ntshangase’s son a Mr MR Dlodlo from her previous marriage to the late Theophilus Dlodlo who was assassinated in Swaziland in May 1987 is among those shortlisted and recommended for a senior investigator’s post in the IPID. Dlodlo also has his mother Ntshangase as his referee on a Curriculum Vitae submitted to the IPID.
The Public service Commision’s investigation follows a director of corporate government Mathebe Mothoagae’s recommendation.In her response to the IPID ‘s memorandum dated 05 May 2015,Mothoagae says Ntshangase a senior official of the IPID was supposed to have demonstrated and adhered to the ethical values promoted by the department which includes Equity and Fairness,Independence and Impartiality, Mutual respect and Trust, as well as Integrity and Openness. IPID ‘s provincial human resources management wrote to Mothoagae seeking an advice with regard to the filling up of the two admin clerks position in the Johannesburg and Pretoria office respectively. This after they discovered that two of the recommended candidates previously worked for Ntshangase. Mothoagae then recommended that the second candidate be appointed for the administrative post in the Johannesburg office, the post in the Pretoria Satellite office be re-advertised and an independent panel be appointed to facilitate the selection and recruitment for the re-advertised post in the Pretoria Satellite office. She indicated that a further investigation on the matter is recommended to ascertain whether Ntshangase’s conduct was appropriate or not.
Mothoagae concluded that failure by Ntshangase to declare as a senior official of the IPID and since she was a chairperson of the panel interviewing the candidates compromises on the integrity of the recruitment process and conflicts with the IPID values. She also says the selection of these particular three candidates leads towards a possible unfair process for the other candidates which is not in line with the values of the IPID.
One of the appointed candidates worked as a secretary in Ntshangase’s office in 2005 when she was a Brigadier and also provided secretarial support for her again in 2010 in the SAPS Family violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit. The other candidate was employed as an intern administration clerk in the SAPS in 2010 to December 2014. Ntshangase who was appointed Provincial Head and Chief Director in the IPID ‘s Johannesburg office on the 1st November 2014 has since signed a conflict of interest declaration form indicating that she has no relation to the three candidates.
All three candidates have resumed with their duties with Ntshangase disregarding Mothoagae’s recommendations. Meanwhile, in a twist of events, the IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini says the IPID is aware of the three’s appointment and Public Service Commission is investigating. Earlier in the week Dlamini said he is not aware of the allegations leveled against Ntshangase nor the appointments. He further says the IPID ‘s national office will await the outcome of the PSC ‘s investigation for further action on the matter.