Grantham: ‘No proof’

2011-08-05 00:00

MSUNDUZI procurement head Francis Grantham, suspended by the turnaround team, was allowed to resign in the middle of his disciplinary hearing.

When contacted, he referred all queries to his lawyer, Marco Voller, who said:

“Grantham received notification of his contemplated suspension on April 22, 2010. In total 40 charges, some duplicated, ranging from maladministration to tender award irregularities, were brought against him.

“These included his alleged participation in the awarding of the controversial water meter tender. “

Voller said that evidence in support of the charges against Grantham relating to this tender, include copies of a written decision to appoint Unique Mbane, “which decision was signed off by Grantham’s superiors at the executive level of Msunduzi”.

“Grantham’s department was the interface between service providers and Msunduzi, and in terms of his job description, he wrote a letter to the successful bidder informing it of his superior’s decision to award the water meter tender. This was his only role in the award of this tender.

Voller said no evidence was put forward to prove the 40 charges and not one charge was proven. “In fact, all the evidence presented by Msunduzi against Grantham pointed towards wrongdoing by his superiors, some of whom have faced disciplinary proceedings and others not.

“During the disciplinary [hearing] we had requested from Msunduzi the two independent forensic audit reports that had found no maladministration in Grantham’s department during his time, but these never surfaced.”

Gratham said he now works as a consultant on various projects, one of which is assisting the Vulindlela Housing Association to set up blockyards.

— Witness Reporter.

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