Rumours of suspensions at Msunduzi

2011-07-05 00:00

WHEN member of the provincial intervention team Ben Dorfling was not at the Msunduzi Municipality on Friday, there were questions about whether his contract had been renewed or not.

This came amid speculation that more suspensions of staff are expected at the municipality.

Last week Terry Scheffermann, manager for consolidated billing and a member of the Operation Pitbull team, was asked to write a submission on why he should not be suspended. It is believed a similar instruction was given to another official in the finance section.

There have also been allegations made about the manner in which Operation Pitbull was carried out with allegations of kickbacks and inappropriate links between illegal connectors of electricity and members of the Pitbull team.

Spokesperson for KZN Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department, Lennox Mabaso, confirmed on Sunday that there are allegations that Cogta is looking into and which it views in a very serious light. He could not comment further while the matter is under investigation.

Mabaso said the contract of the administrator, Sibusiso Sithole, has been renewed by order of a cabinet decision. The rest of the contracts for members of the intervention team will depend on how he wants to constitute his team.

Once he has renewed contracts he will inform Cogta accordingly. Mabaso said Cogta is committed to keeping Msunduzi under administration until all problems are ironed out. “We want that municipality to be a citadel of excellence,” he said.

When contacted Dorfling said while his contract had come to an end, it did not mean that he would not get a new contract.

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