Senior municipal manager suspended

2011-06-29 00:00

ANOTHER senior manager at the Msunduzi Municipality has reportedly been suspended.

Officials are still silent about the reasons for the alleged suspension of Terry Scheffermann, the manager for consolidated billing.

Administrator Sibusiso Sithole declined to comment, saying the matter “is an internal matter which is being handled by the municipal manager”.

Scheffermann has worked at the municipality for more than 27 years.

He was head of credit control until 2005, when the municipality shifted staff around to get more blacks into management.

He was placed at the market with other senior white staff.

When the municipality was placed under administration, he was brought back as consolidated billing manager. He was part of Operation Pitbull, a project to recover money from residents and businesses stealing electricity.

Sources in the municipality say Scheffermann was told of his suspension on Monday and asked to submit reasons why he should not be suspended, in connection with allegations related to write-offs on Operation Pitbull.

Municipal staff were shocked at the alleged suspension. One described Scheffermann as straight as a ruler and said he was not part of the collapse of the municipality as he was at the market at the time.

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