The FF Plus has requested the Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate the qualifications of Prasa’s chief engineer, Dr. Daniel Mtimkulu, as well as the applicability of his qualifications for his current position, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport says.
A preliminary investigation of the FF Plus yesterday revealed that Mtimkulu is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) but only as an engineering technologist.
To be registered as a technologist, requires a diploma or a B-Tech qualification. To be registered as an engineer, a relevant University B-degree in engineering would be a minimum requirement.
There are also doubts about his doctorate studies at an unknown German University and this too should be investigated, Adv. Alberts says.
According to media reports Wits University has no record of Mtimkulu. He claims to have obtained a degree from this university. He is also refusing to provide the media with other details regarding his doctorate studies.
On ECSA’s website (www.ecsa.co.za) a Daniel Qhubekani Mtimkulu, with registration number 200970014, has been registered as a civil professional engineering technologist since 22 January 2009.
According to Adv. Alberts, the FF Plus has requested the PSC to start its investigation into the allegations that ECSA had already in 2006 rejected Mtimkulu’s application to be registered because he hadn’t submitted training and project reports.
“The FF Plus is requesting the PSC to investigate complaints against Dr. Mtimkulu of maladministration, fraud, improper conduct with regards to public funds and incompetence in his capacity as chief engineer at Prasa.
“If it is found that any irregularities had occurred, appropriate steps against Dr. Mtimkulu and Prasa should be taken,” Adv. Alberts said.
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