IT man lied on CV, says parastatal. It's a vendetta, he replies
Development agency says he's missing a master's degree, but he insists it's all a plan to 'tear me apart'
A senior IT official at an Eastern Cape parastatal has been fired after he allegedly lied about his academic qualifications.
Mbulelo Ngxabane, who was a senior IT manager at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), allegedly claimed to have three certificates – a diploma and B-Tech and master’s degrees in IT. But an internal investigation found he had not finished his master’s degree.
ECDC acting communications manager Lesley Govender confirmed the investigation: “The incomplete master’s degree in IT was uncovered during qualification checks post-appointment. The national diploma and B-Tech in IT were found to be valid. The advertised job requirements stipulated a postgraduate qualification as a minimum requirement for the position.”But Ngxabane fought back, saying he had been victimised. “As far as I know my contract is still valid. I am taking them to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). This is unfair and I am a victim here. Initially they said I had no matric ... a year later they say I don’t qualify for the post. This is just a plan to tear me apart,” said Ngxabane.
“The ECDC called external candidates and shortlisted us. They knew then that I don’t have the qualification (master’s) they are now looking for. I personally know this position is earmarked for someone within ECDC and they are doing this to me. I am going to challenge this, but I will be fighting a big company; they are just not fair to me.”The ECDC would not be drawn on this because the matter is now before the CCMA.
“The ECDC can confirm that Mr Ngxabane’s employment contract was terminated on August 1 2018,” said Govender.
An ECDC official said that when Ngxabane was asked about his lack of a master’s degree he blamed it on the recruitment agency that submitted his CV to the corporation.
“[But] he would have known what the agency forwarded to ECDC and during the interview he would have seen his CV submitted for the post,” said a source, who holds a senior position at the corporation.Ngxabane started at the ECDC in June 2017, after having worked at the University of Fort Hare as an ICT technician and at the provincial treasury as ICT manager. He has also had a stint in the Eastern Cape premier’s office as ICT manager.
The ECDC is responsible for billions in government money meant for infrastructure development and project funding.
The entity was involved in a scandal in which R22m was misused as the province was preparing for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December 2013.