Former speaker received salary but was allegedly never in office

The former speaker of the Madibeng municipality whose term ended in November 2021 still received a salary for two months despite the fact that he was allegedly never in the office.

Former speaker Kabelo Ntshabele

Municipal spokesperson, Tumelo Tshabalala confirmed that the former speaker, Kabelo Ntshabele was appointed on a short term contract between December 2021 and January 2022 as a ‘community liaison officer’ in the speaker’s office. “The contract between Madibeng Local Municipality and Mr Ntshabele was not renewed upon expiry on 31 January 2022,” he said.

Ntshabele was paid over R33 000 per month and according to reliable sources, he had not been in the office at all. The current speaker, Ditshego Mbezi, was a manager in Ntshabele’s office during his term as speaker.

The municipality was asked to comment on the allegation that Ntshabele never came to work, and if that was the case, how the money would be recuperated. Madibeng did not respond.

This employment contract and his absence, as well as allegations that former mayor, Jostina Mothibe, was also still on the payroll, were raised during a recent council meeting. Tshabalala said allegations that Mothibe is on the municipal payroll are unfounded. “Ms Mothibe, like all outgone councillors, received a pro-rata salary payment up to 09 November 2021”.