Haswell under fire for inaction, absences

2010-01-29 00:00

MUNICIPAL manager Rob Haswell was the subject of a verbal attack at yesterday’s executive committee (Exco) meeting over his failure to ensure that decisions taken by the committee were adopted.

DA councillor Bill Lambert said it was worrisome that there were outstanding items on the agenda stretching as far back as July 2008.

Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo said someone needed to take responsibility.

“I’m going to put this in a way that’s not too harsh. It’s the responsibility of the municipal manager to sit in meetings and ask managers why things have not been done, but because he has not done his job, it has to be done by Exco. That’s the reality,” she said.

ANC councillor Themba Zungu said the buck stops with Haswell in terms of administration and he was worried that Exco was interfering.

ANC councillor Gerrit Meyer said Haswell had not adopted resolutions from as far back as 2006 and they have requested lists of outstanding items on numerous occasions to no avail.

“We now have to take some action,” he said.

DA councillor Rodger Ashe said they should now adopt a two week time frame for the adoption of resolutions.

Haswell’s absence from the meeting was also lambasted.

Zungu said they had requested a report regarding Haswell’s continuous absences and they are still waiting.

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