Municipal manager axed

2010-12-09 13:09

The municipal manager of North West’s Madibeng municipality, Phillemon Mapulane, has been dismissed.

Municipal spokesperson Patrick Morathi said today that Mapulane was found guilty on 15 charges relating to gross misconduct, including bribery and corruption amounting to about R650 000.

“A sanction of summary dismissal was subsequently granted by the chairman of the disciplinary proceedings and approved by the administrator, Eric Matlawe.”

Morathi said several millions in missing funds had been uncovered during investigations, and the municipality would recover any money due to it.

“Criminal proceedings have also been instituted against the former municipal manager, as well as the two service providers identified for having paid bribes to him. Further criminal charges are about to be instituted against at least two more municipal officials,” Morathi said.

Mapulane was suspended in October last year and arrested in August this year, after an audit of capital expenditure projects in the municipality revealed mismanagement of project funds in excess of R100 million.

Morathi said the case of the suspended chief financial officer, Nana Masithela, would be heard on January 18 next year, when it was expected it would be concluded.

Masithela was suspended in November this year after allegations of serious misconduct.

The municipality, which includes the town of Brits and Hartebeespoort Dam, was put under administration following the collapse of basic service delivery.

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