Perumal: not the end of the story

2011-10-31 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality administrator Sibusiso Sithole has vowed to leave no stone unturned in reviewing the judgment that led to the acquittal of Kevin Perumal of all charges by a disciplinary committee instituted by the provincial intervention team.

This comes after Perumal, Msunduzi deputy municipal manager for corporate services, told the media he was told to go on extended leave last Thursday and only return to work at the end of November.

Perumal was suspended for 18 months before his acquittal.

Said Sithole, “I really did not want to deal with this matter in the newspapers. However, since that is the route that Perumal has taken I do not have an option but to clarify this matter to the public.”

He added that when he wrote to Perumal proposing the leave it was a matter between the two of them and he had been expecting the deputy manager to write back to him and not to run to the media.

“For him to parade himself as clean as God is really mischievous and misleading to the public. I believe that this is a hollow victory for him. There are many unanswered questions; even the final verdict in the judgment itself. As an employer we want a chance to study the entire proceedings,” Sithole said.

The provincial intervention team will look into what evidence was led by the presiding officer, the evidence that was not in dispute and how other evidence was rebutted.

Perumal has refused to go on leave.

“I have rejected the proposal by the administrator … and I will be back at work on Tuesday,” He said he views more leave as a waste of ratepayers’ money. “I told Sithole that if I go on leave I will apply for it just like any other employee of the municipality.”

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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