MEC Maile must come clean about his relationship with GEP Acting CEO

The DA is highly concerned by the ongoing culture of intimidation and fear that has crippled the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) and the relationship between Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile and Acting GEP CEO Leah Manenzhe.

A letter written by an employee of GEP, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, has laid bare the rot that is taking place in the entity.

According to the letter, senior managers who have been on suspension with pay for three years are set to receive golden handshakes.

Five employees remain suspended despite an internal investigation recommending that the suspension be lifted.

It is alleged by this employee that anyone who dares to challenge Ms Leah Manenzhe falls victim to intimidation and is eventually maligned within the organisation.

Forensic investigation findings on matters of maladministration, abuse of power and corruption leveled against the Acting CEO have been swept under the carpet.

It is also alleged that MEC Maile has shifted the goal posts to ensure that she becomes the successful candidate for the permanent position of CEO by pulling the advertisement for the job twice to allow Ms. Manenzhe to complete her MBA which will qualify her to assume the position.

Today a selection panel will sit to appoint a CEO. Ms. Manenzhe, who is in the possession of a Diploma – as she has not completed her MBA – is one of a few shortlisted candidates.

MEC Maile must come clean on his relationship with Ms. Manenzhe, who worked with the MEC during his tenure as the MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

I will write to MEC Maile to receive the forensic report implicating the Acting CEO as well as a copy of the selection panel’s criteria for the appointment of the CEO to GEP. If the Acting CEO has been involved in wrongdoing according to the forensic report, the DA will work to ensure she is removed from office.

Institutions responsible for the use of public funds must be headed by untainted individuals who have the best interests of the public at heart, not those who seek to create personal fiefdoms of power.