Officials now face the music

2010-04-08 00:00

NOW that Msunduzi political heads have been ousted, the question of whether senior municipal officials will also face the music has been raised.

According to sources at the city hall, the provincial task team went to the offices of some of the senior officials and told them in full view of their staff that they are under investigation.

The officials were told they could come to work, but they will have no official powers until the investigations are concluded.

Members of the public have contacted The Witness in droves to express their concern about senior officials who have remained at the municipality, despite their poor performance and despite being implicated in instances of alleged fraud.

In past executive committee (Exco) meetings, some of the concerns frequently raised by former political leaders were that: senior officials repeatedly failed to carry out resolutions that were passed; certain officials were accused of trying to bluff Exco members regarding the true status of the city’s finances; and requests made by Exco for officials to compile reports and give feed-back to serious issues never materialised in many instances.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert said councillors have yet to have a full meeting about Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler’s forthcoming report, but they are expecting something to come to light at today’s Exco meeting.

“As far as I’m concerned, senior officials must be held accountable and, if anything untoward is revealed, those responsible must be brought to book,” he said.

Lambert expressed confidence in Mettler and the task team leaving no stone unturned.

Said IFP caucus leader Dolo Zondi, “At the end of the day, the truth will surface and we want to know who the culprits are.

“We trust Mettler. He’s got a legal background and we’re quite happy with him. He will save this municipality.”

Mettler told The Witness yesterday: “No one is going to get away with anything.”

He said it is much easier for the ruling party to deal with politicians, but this is not the case for officials “because we have to follow certain processes. I can promise that something is being done about this”.

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