Axed Vilakazi’s 10?000?km a month

2010-07-13 00:00

DISMISSED uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi claimed that he travelled between 6 000 and 10 000 km a month, justifiying hefty travel allowances.

This was evidence presented yesterday by the investigator for Dobeyn Administrators, Kugesh Naidoo, at the commision of inquiry into uMngeni Municipality. Naidoo said when he questioned Vilakazi, the municipal manager told him that at times he travelled up to 10 000 km a month.

Members of ratepayers’ associations sitting at the hearing calculated that this meant he would have had to travel up to 500 km daily, spending up to five hours on the road.

Chairman of the commission, advocate Vusi Khuzwayo, asked whether it made sense that a person can travel between 6 000 and 10 000 km a month. Naidoo said in his experience some of his clients do travel that many kilometres. Khuzwayo said this depended on the occupation of the clients and he asked whether Naidoo had established what in the municipal manager’s work made it necessary for him to travel so much.

Naidoo said he did not know.

“So you left the interview without establishing this fact?” Khuzwayo asked. Naidoo replied that he merely accepted what the municipal manager said to him.

Dobeyn Administrators was appointed by the uMngeni council after it rejected the report of the forensic investigation carried out by Ubuntu Investigators, ordered by the KZN Local Government Department.

Details of what is contained in the Dobeyn report emerged for the first time yesterday and stands out in contrast to the Ubuntu report. The Ubuntu report recommended disciplinary action against certain senior officials and the investigation of possible criminal charges.

Other recommendations of the Dobeyn report include:

* all officials be apprised of their obligations in terms of the code of conduct of municipal staff.

* An audit be conducted to assess whether or not all employees’ remunerations is consistent with their employment contracts

*Council should re-examine the manner in which travel allowances are determined.

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