One particularly bad day in October has cost Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane her reputation, her anonymity and seemingly her job. The IT chief is hanging by a thread at SARS after she was put on “discretionary leave” – an effective suspension – six months ago.
As News24 have revealed, there’s now a concerted effort from the top brass to push their representative out the door.
Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane – should she stay or should she go?
MMM put in two shocking performances during her appearances on SABC and at the Nugent Inquiry, on 17 October 2018. Her day started by asking an interviewer for “protection from herself” and concluded with her telling Judge Robert Nugent she could not read documents presented to her because of “a rare eye disease”.
Her catastrophic day forced the top brass into a swift move, and they pulled her from all official duties. However, Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane has been left in limbo since her fateful 24 hours in the spotlight and eventually broke her silence with the help of her legal team this week.
Raselo Attorneys are going into bat for the beleaguered digital and IT chief officer. They want clarity on what the future holds for Makhekhe-Mokhuane immediately. As they told us in midweek, the ideal outcome is for her to get her job back. But it’s looking increasingly unlikely.
What Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane has been offered to walk away
It is understood that the IT expert was offered a four-month payout to walk away from her role at SARS. Earlier this week, we reported the Makhekhe-Mokhuane makes about R278 000 per month. Her bosses are effectively offering a settlement of R1.112 million to resign now. That offer, however, has been rejected by MMM and her lawyers.
It was revealed late last year that Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane earned R3.06 million over an 11-month period: That’s according to SARS’ annual financial report for 2017/18, which accounts for the 42% pay rise she was able to secure from ex-commissioner Tom Moyane.
Damage control for SARS?
Makhekhe-Mokhuane has effectively become a figure of both derision and hatred. The comical aspect of her public appearances was compounded by the fact she holds one of the most important jobs in the country and didn’t seem very good at it. Her gaffe coincided with the trouble SARS were having with their IT systems, prompting her interview.