ROSEMARY Mangope is to report back at work as of today.
The National Arts Council CE was cleared of all 13 charges that were leveled against her.
She had faced four charges of gross negligence, four of gross dishonesty, three of failing to act in the best interest of the employer, and for bringing the institution into disrepute and contravening of section 38 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).
Mangope was also accused of funding family friends from the NAC coffers, and that an unknown person from the council had submitted a “fake funding proposal”, purportedly to be a funding request from the South African Roadies Association (Sara).
She was subjected to a three-month disciplinary hearing.
According to Sowetan, asked how it felt to be back, she said: “It is a difficult feeling to describe, but I feel vindicated. I have mixed feelings.” Mangope confirmed that she has been cleared of all charges and that she will be at her desk today.
Hartley Ngoato, NAC board chairperson will address a meeting with Mangope, senior staff members and employees.
“Minister Mthethwa has given his blessing to the council to proceed with its resolutions, and further instructed the council, the CEO, and employees of the NAC to work together to build a stronger, more successful and effective NAC,” says the departments’ spokesperson Sindiso Magaqa.
“Minister Mthethwa is pleased that the DAC’s stakeholders such as NAC which was subjected to scrutiny and corrective action, has been able to stand up to that scrutiny,” said Magaqa.
Mangope, is the daughter-in-law of the late former leader of Bophuthatswana, Kgosi Lucas Manyane Mangope.
Many within the arts community felt the NAC was a cash-cow for those close to Mangope.
Image (NAC boss Rosemary Mangope has been cleared in all allegations leveled against her).