Suspended manager must explain himself – ANC

2010-10-05 07:08

Suspended Tshwane municipal manager Kiba Kekana needs to explain a letter he wrote claiming the metro’s mayor had removed him from office at the insistence of the ANC in Tshwane, the party has said.

The organisation took exception to excerpts of the letter published in the Pretoria News last Wednesday, Tshwane spokesperson Burton Joseph said.

The newspaper reported that Kekana wrote the letter on February 12. In it he accuses Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa of bowing to pressure from the ANC’s regional executive committee.

Kekana further claims Ramokgopa was given seven days by the regional ANC to remove him from office. The move was reportedly meant to prevent him querying the awarding of lucrative tenders, worth millions.

Kekana was suspended in October and former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza was asked to investigate the allegations.

Ntsebeza told Sapa two weeks ago that he had completed his investigations into the allegations of maladministration, irregularities and misconduct and handed a report to Ramokgopa on June 4. However, his report had not been released.

Joseph said the ANC viewed the disciplinary process against Kekana as separate to his allegations against the ANC.

“The ANC (Tshwane region) has always viewed this as a labour dispute and has steadfastly refused to be drawn into the matter, and expressed its support and confidence in the investigations process that led was led by advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza,” he said, adding that the organisation had no interest in the outcome of the investigation against Kekana.

“We cannot understand why he has decided to drag the name of the ANC through the mud in his ongoing battles with his employer.”

Joseph called on Kekana to explain why he chose to raise concerns he might have with the party outside its “parameters and culture”.

“This conduct from a cadre of the movement cannot be tolerated.”

Joseph said the ANC had not seen the letter Kekana was reported to have written. He said the ANC had also not seen Ntsebeza’s report.

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