Kekana in hands of new mayor

2010-11-01 14:05

A report on misconduct and maladministration allegations against Tshwane’s former municipal manager will have to be dealt with by the city’s new incoming mayor.

“All records” involving the investigation into the allegations against Kiba Kekana would remain with the city council, Gwen Ramokgopa said at her final press conference as Tshwane mayor yesterday.

“Council will get a full report thereof. It’s not like we are just leaving everything unattended. There is a team that is remaining. It has always been the process of a collective and that institution will continue in that regard.”

A new mayor had not been announced yet.

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday announced Ramokgopa’s appointment as deputy health minister.

Former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza was tasked in February with investigating Kekana. His report, handed to Ramokgopa in June, has yet to see the light of day. It had not been presented to the city’s council.

Kekana was suspended in October last year on 11 allegations of mismanagement. Five of these charges were subsequently dropped.

The Pretoria News reported in April that Ntsebeza and Ramokgopa clashed over the dropping of these charges, which it said had the potential to implicate Ramokgopa in wrongdoing.

The newspaper reported Kekana had failed to control Ramokgopa’s expenditure, which related to Ramokgopa receiving a housing allowance while occupying a municipal-owned house, and the municipality paying for all her cellphone calls.

Ramokgopa was expected to be sworn in as deputy health minister on Monday afternoon, taking over the position from Dr Paul Sefularo, who died in early April.

Speaking of her appointment, she said: “I leave the City of Tshwane with mixed feelings. I feel humbled and honoured by the appointment as an acknowledgement of the contributions I have made in my various leadership roles within the ANC, society and in public offices.”

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Derek Fleming said the party was “relieved” she would no longer be executive mayor.

“Although she was... always polite and courteous in the personal conduct of her office; most residents and certainly many municipal staffers would be glad to see the back of her.

“Gwen’s principal concern seemed to focus on how often a day she could appear in the media with selected residents as backdrop, while she ran a detached and sometimes indifferent administration that brought frustration, dismay and uneven development across the metro area.”

The Tshwane metro council was expected to elect a new mayor tomorrow afternoon.

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