CHAIRPERSON of North West Transport Investments (NTI), Phatudi Maponya has come out gun blazing to clear his name after claims by the Democratic Alliance claim that he was re-appointed to the institution through the backdoor.
The DA alleged that Maponya was reappointed by Premier Supra Mahumapelo despite having been fired on graft related grounds.
Speaking through his lawyers, Maponya dismissed the DA claims as absurd and distasteful.
He indicated that his dismissal by former premier, Thandi Modise was found to be fundamentally flawed hence he is back with the entity.
“The court application was initiated by the North West Transport Investments in the Labour Court for confirmation of my dismissal. The application was vigorously opposed by me and the Court agreed. It is for this reason that any insinuation that I was dismissed by the NTI lacks merit since the Court reinstated me to my employment.
It is therefore untrue, false and dishonest that Mahumapelo re-appointed me after being dismissed at NTI. The Exco, through Mahumapelo, merely re-called and re-appointed me after my initial dismissal was set aside by a competent court of law. I was reappointed by Exco based on my experience and knowledge regarding the operations of NTI,” he said.
Maponya added that his clean record maintained by NTI during his initial stint as the Executive Chairman of the Board, speaks a volume. He further said he filed a court order that was granted by the Pretoria High Court against City Press and Sunday Times newspapers.
“City Press had falsely reported that I sold company assets (aircraft) without following procedures to the detriment of NTI. The application was heard in the urgent court and the presiding judge made an order in terms of the settlement agreement attached hereto. In essence, City Press withdrew the unfounded allegations relating to me being a dismissed official of NTI.
Furthermore, City Press withdrew their conclusions that the aircraft was sold without following procurement procedures. It was accepted by City Press in Court that I was reinstated by Labour Court. Secondly, it was accepted that a procurement consulting company (Lonsa Capital) was appointed to facilitate the sale of the aircraft to the highest bidder,” he said.
Maponya said he had issued a summons against City Press and Sunday Times for the recovery of pecuniary losses and damages suffered as a result of the deliberate false allegations publicised by them.
The DA Provincial Leader, Joe McGluwa said: “We want to gain access to forensic audit report and be made available for public. We are no longer going to beg the Premier, Supra Mahumapelo to display transparency. We have been struggling to hold provincial government accountable.
“There were no consequence management and Mahumapelo needs to be held accountable. We have many forensic reports and we have a summary of forensic report. The DA also has information regarding NTI forensic reports not being tabled. The report has been commissioned by the former Premier, Thandi Modise and fired Phatudi Maponya. However, Mahumapelo brought him back,” he claimed. –Newsnote