Godi: Magwaza was worked out of position as Sassa CEO

Concerns have been raised over the following months about the relationship between Thokozani Magwaza and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Former Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza. Picture: @OfficialSASSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Themba Godi says he believes Thokozani Magwaza was worked out of his position as South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO.

The Social Development Department released a statement on Monday saying it was a mutual agreement for Magwaza to leave the social security agency.

Last week, it emerged that he was receiving death threats after he cancelled multi-million rand work streams implemented by the minister.

But concerns have been raised over the following months about the relationship between Magwaza and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Godi says Magwaza didn’t meet eye to eye on several important matters.

“It indicated to me that he was on his way out, it’s not working. It was clear that feels he’s on his own and he’s working in an environment where he doesn’t think that he has the backing of his political principals.

“He has always made it clear that he will never resign, if he’s going to leave, he must be pushed.”

Opposition parties say that it’s obvious he was pushed out by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini due to strained relations.

In the job for only a year, the departure of Magwaza follows hot on the heels of former Social Development Director General Zane Dangor.

He also struggled to see eye to eye with Dlamini.

Chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts Themba Godi, says he’s infuriated that Magwaza was forced out.

“You want stability in public institutions and not have managers resigning without completing their terms.

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Liezl van der Merwe says Magwaza was meticulous in his job.

“He’s been pushed out and again, it’s more warning signs and red lights pertaining to CPS, Sassa and the Post Office."

The Democratic Alliance says it will be demanding reasons from Dlamini over Magwaza’s departure.

A statement released by the Social Development Department doesn't mention any breakdown in their relationship, only that it was agreed by both parties to terminate his contract.

The IFP says it's clear that Magwaza was pushed out and Outa’s Dominique Msibi agrees.

“It’s very concerning that the person who seems to be standing up to the minister is now leaving. We don’t believe it was voluntary, he was pushed.”

Sassa has refused to comment on Magwaza's departure and maintains it’s still investigating the validity of the death threats made against him.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)