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06 Jul 2012 09:24
And its current disintegration.
The suspension of national archivist Dr Graham Dominy and his colleague Clive Kirkwood and the failure to reinstate them after their successful appeal highlight a deeper malaise.
This curious matter carries with it the smell of nepotism, attempts by an elected public representative to hijack selection processes, mendacious allegations with a view to creating opportunities for personal advancement, corruption of an internal disciplinary process and malicious attempts to discredit and render insolvent two individuals seeking to uphold their good names and reputations.
Their reputations derive from more than three decades of service and their exemplary careers.
The list of these machinations does not address the issue of the scarce skills that will be lost to the state and the country if this corrupt plot succeeds.
The department of public administration would be well advised to institute a full-scale enquiry into the department of arts and culture and its handling of this matter from beginning to end.
What needs to be researched, explained and made public are the answers to at least the following questions:
Is there evidence to suggest mala fides operating in the pursuit of extended legal processes with the express purpose of bankrupting the two officials? – Tim Dunne, Cape Town
The Mail & Guardian has asked the department of arts and culture to respond to this letter and to the original piece by Shula Marks. They will do so in coming weeks.
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