Sun Oct 22 17:30:14 SAST 2017

'Thou shalt not display Zuma's private spot'

2012-12-16 17:14:49.0 | NGWAKO MALATJI |

A MUNICIPAL employee is facing possible suspension from work for displaying a picture of President Jacob Zuma's R248m Nkandla homestead on her laptop.

Moloko Mabetwa, acting development plan manager at Sekhukhune District Municipality, raised the ire of executive mayor David Magabe when she unveiled the photo of the controversial compound on her laptop during the mayoral lekgotla at Loskop Dam in Groblersdal on Tuesday.

The lekgotla was briefly disrupted when Magabe summoned Mabetwa to a secret meeting. Magabe is understood to be part of the forces who want ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

According to an official who attended the meeting Magabe asked if she displayed the picture because she appreciated or hated the homestead.

"Moloko was so shaken after the experience that she ... drove straight home and slept all day," says the source.

It is alleged that Mabetwa vented her anger on social networking site Facebook: "Guilty for having a fake Nkandla Estate as a background picture on my laptop (it wasn't even the company's laptop)... hectic ek se..! Mangaung where art thou??"

Mabetwa confirms that Magabe lost his cool when he saw the Nkandla image on her screen.

"He stopped the presentation ... When I tried to explain, some other officials ... told me to show some respect and not exchange words with him. I felt so humiliated," she says.

Municipal spokesperson Willie Bosoma says: "We discourage all employees from using government equipment for their political ends. We are conducting an investigation to get to the bottom of this matter."

Your Subscription

The Sunday World Network