Parliament, Thursday, 17 November 2022 – The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements (COGTA) is concerned by media reports alleging that the CEO of the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) misrepresented their qualifications. As the JRA is an agency of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the committee considers it necessary to urgently meet the Board and the CEO to ascertain the veracity of the media reports.

The committee believes that achieving the ideals encapsulated in the National Development Plan to ensure a capable state starts with employing adequately skilled civil servants to drive municipalities’ development mandate. “It is in this context that the committee views these allegations seriously and in need of urgent action, especially in the context of the critical role the road network infrastructure in the City of Johannesburg plays in driving the economy,” said Mr China Dododvu, the Chairperson of the committee.

Last month, the committee had to postpone its intended proactive oversight to the City of Johannesburg, due to the unstable and changing political environment in the City. During that oversight, issues like adequate staffing and the City’s entities would have been discussed.

While the committee does not want to pre-empt its interactions with the City and the entity, it remains extremely concerned by the gravity of these allegations, as they have a direct bearing on the functionality of the JRA.

As part of the interaction, the committee will seek to find direct answers on whether the CEO has the requisite qualifications for the position, if qualification verification was done before employment of the CEO and all staff members before they are employed at the entity, and the timelines required for the board and the city to investigate the matter.

The committee intends calling the City, the Board and the CEO to an urgent meeting next week, schedule permitting. “Urgency in dealing with this matter is critical,” said Mr Dodovu emphasised.

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