Second traffic official on suspension

2009-11-18 00:00

A SECOND official is under suspension at the Msunduzi Municipality’s Public Safety and Traffic Unit.

This emerged after The Witness ran a story about the suspension of head of security Alan Bennett, who had allegedly refused to give guns to two members of the mayor’s VIP unit because their own guns were undergoing ballistic testing by the police.

The Witness was asked why it ran a story on Bennett, but never mentioned Joseph Nkhethi, a senior administration officer who has been suspended for over three months.

An e-mail was sent to deputy municipal manager for human resources Kevin Perumal asking about the charges against Nkhethi, why the inquiry is taking such a long time to sort out and for an update on Bennett’s suspension.

Perumal responded that it is legal to suspend an official for longer than three months, depending on the circumstances, and the employer has the right to extend the suspension.

He refused to divulge information on the charges against Nkhethi, saying the matter is sub judice.

Perumal said Bennett is still on suspension while his disciplinary hearing is being finalised.

The Witness’s own inquiries revealed that the allegations against Nkhethi revolve around his conduct in the workplace. He is also alleged to have used an unregistered employment agency to bring workers into the department, and that payment is made to this unregistered labour broker rather than the workers.

Attempts to contact Nkhethi were unsuccessful yesterday.

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