Zibonele Mncwango breached professional ethics when defending DD Mabuza, commission finds

The commission was investigating two statements the spin doctor released while he was the spokesperson of then Premier David ‘DD’ Mabuza.


The Public Service Commission has found that Mpumalanga government spin doctor Zibonele Mncwango breached professional ethics when he used government resources to defend the personal and ANC matters of then Premier DD Mabuza.

Action has now been recommended against Mncwango for “abuse of resources”.

On 5 May 2017, Mncwango released a media statement and which was later published on the Mpumalanga government website replying to a high court judgement in which a judge dismissed Mabuza’s defamation case against ANC former treasurer Mathews Phosa.

Mabuza had taken Phosa to the Tshwane high court following allegations Phosa made in 2015 that Mabuza was a spy during apartheid.

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Phosa said he had found a document that alleged Mabuza was operating under the code name PN485 and served to inform apartheid officials about the movements of senior leaders like ex-leader Jacob Zuma and basic education minister Angie Motshega from 1985 to 1993.

Mabuza refuted this, saying it was a political campaign aimed at toppling him as a leader of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province and Premier.

He alleged Phosa was one of the authors of the document in his drive to take him out of power and then approached the court, suing Phosa R10 million for defamation of character.

But the Tshwane high court dismissed the case, saying Mabuza failed to show how Phosa invented the document.

“The so-called spy dossier has no owner or author and remains just a smear campaign document produced by faceless authors for their smear campaign agendas,” Mncwango said at the time.

The DA went to the Public Service Commission and laid a complaint against Mncwango, charging the matter between Phosa and Mabuza had nothing to do with government.

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“The heading of the judgement by the Gauteng High Court in respect of the matter upon which Mr Mncwango issued an official statement clearly alludes to Mr David Dadebe Mabuza in his personal capacity and not as Premier of Mpumalanga,” the commission said this week in its findings.

“There is therefore little room for doubt that the action by Mr Mncwango is not only wrongful but lacks the necessary  professional ethics befitting of [a] public servant,” the commission charged, recommending that the director-general of the Mpumalanga government, Mathews Mohlasedi, takes actions against Mncwango and prevent further abuse of state resources from happening again in the future.

Zibonele Mncwango breached professional ethics when defending DD Mabuza, commission finds

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Phosa wants Mabuza probed for spy claims

The leader of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province still has to pay R3 million in legal cost incurred during a lost case.


Ex-ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa has called on Premier David Mabuza to be investigated for a so-called report claiming the ANC provincial leader was a spy during Apartheid.

The report was delivered at Phosa’s house in 2014 and claimed Mabuza worked with Apartheid officials, informing them about the secret activities of ANC anti-Apartheid leaders.

“The report is crying out for investigation,” Phosa told the Citizen newspaper last Wednesday.

“We need to know is this the ‘DD’ who was involved in the killing of our people named in the report,” Phosa said.

On Friday 5 May 2017 the Tshwane high court dismissed Mabuza’s defamation case against Phosa with costs.

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When the report claiming Mabuza used to be an Apartheid informant between 1985 and 1993 was delivered at Phosa’s house by an unknown man, Phosa took it to deputy national secretary Jessie Duarte.

Mabuza questioned why such a report got into Phosa’s hands, a man who wants to topple him as ANC leader in Mpumalanga. He approached the Tshwane high court, suing Phosa R10 million for defamation of character and accusing him of being the one who drafted the report.

Reacting shortly after Judge Bill Prinsloo dismissed his case, Mabuza, through his spokesman Zibonele Mncwango, said he felt vindicated as the author of the document was still unknown, adding that the document was not “only false but a failed political smear campaign”.

Phosa told the Citizen: “The report is crying out for investigation. The case in court was not about the ‘Spy Report’, it was about the allegations that Mabuza and one [Jan] Venter made that I wrote the report, for which they sued me for R10 million and they didn’t know what they were doing [when they were suing me]”.

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