Kevin Perumal a very busy man, his PA testifies

2012-05-24 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi strategic executive manager Kevin Perumal was a “very busy man” and his daily diary had been prone to change almost hourly, his former professional assistant, Gillian Gray, testified at his fraud trial in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

She said the electronic diary which she and Perumal had kept — printouts of which were among documents seized during a raid on the city hall by the Scorpions in 2006 — reflected Perumal’s planned daily appointments, but these changed “more often than not”, said Gray.

Cross-examined by Perumal’s advocate, Christo van Schalkwyk, Gray said she would not have altered the diary retrospectively if Perumal had called her with a change of plans.

Gray also confirmed that she had been aware that apart from his municipal duties, Perumal was a member of the SA Local Government Bargaining Council and acted as a labour consultant. As far as she knew, she said, he had the authority to provide assistance in that capacity to other municipalities.

Gray agreed under cross-examination that to her knowledge, two laptops and documents seized by the Scorpions, which included some of Perumal’s personal files, were never returned.

Perumal has denied allegations by the state that he submitted fraudulent subsistence and travel claims to the municipality, totalling some R30 069, between October 2003 and July 2006.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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