Haswell ‘has heard nothing’ of charges’

2011-04-29 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi municipal manager Rob Haswell said he is not aware that he could face criminal charges relating to the financial collapse in the embattled council.

Haswell and other managers who served under him may face charges following an announcement by municipal administrator Sbusiso Sithole that he intends laying charges against them.

Earlier this month, during a media briefing on the ongoing forensic investigation into the affairs of this embattled municipality, Sithole announced that he intended to charge Haswell as well as other senior managers under the provision in the Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA) — if the forensic investigation finds that they should face charges of fraud, corruption or maladministration.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday when questioned about the possibility of being charged, Haswell said he cannot comment on the issue “as I had heard nothing from the municipality regarding whether I might face charges”.

The spokesperson for Msunduzi Municipality, Brian Zuma, told The Witness yesterday that Sithole’s plan is to have all forensic investigations completed by the end of June.

Sithole was not the first person to reveal that Haswell might be criminally charged for his role in the collapse of the Msunduzi finances.

The MEC for Co-operative and Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, indicated last year that Haswell and his team might be prosecuted for their alleged role in bringing the KZN capital’s municipality to its knees.

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