Monday, September 27, 2010

Mohlala locked out of her office

Mohlala locked out of her office
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PRETORIA - Ousted Communications DG Mamodupi Mohlala who gained a court order to return to work Monday, had an unpleasant welcome when she arrived at work this morning. She found her office door locked and had a guard accompany her for safety purposes.

She was told that the minister's adviser ordered the head of security not to give her access cards.

Minutes before Mohlala was about to leave the minister's adviser and chief of staff summoned her to a meeting. Moneyweb awaits the outcome.

A court order in August ordered that Mohlala be reinstated as DG of Communications after Siphiwe Nyanda released Mohlala from her position as DG, end July citing a breakdown of relations between the two. The order added that if no solution was found on her deployment by September 27 (when her leave lapses), Mohlala would continue as DG of Communications within her contract of employment.

Mohlala has twice refused a cash settlement from the department. First she snubbed a R1.6m offer and last week she refused to take a R2.9m golden handshake plus R200 000, which covered legal costs. She was apparently offered a job as head of a department of education Seta. But she snubbed it as it was not in the same level as her DG position.

She is said to be interested in becoming the head of the asset forfeiture unit, CEO of Transnet, SA Airlink, the Consumer Protection Commission, or the State Information Technology Agency.

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