Suspended uMngeni municipal manager fired

2010-05-31 00:00

DUMISANI Vilakazi, the beleaguered municipal manager of uMngeni Municipality, has been dismissed.

Vilakazi was sacked by a unanimous decision of the ANC, IFP and DA councillors during a council meeting on Friday, after discussion of a disciplinary investigation of Vilakazi by council attorneys.

Approached for comment last night, uMngeni mayor Edward Dladla said the notice of dismissal has not yet been served on Vilakazi, but will be given to him “soon”. He declined to comment further.

A commission of inquiry into matters at the municipality, instituted by KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize, is set to begin there this week after a provincial task team was deployed by Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube in late February.

Vilakazi was suspended in October last year following investigations of alleged fraud, his alleged interference in municipal administration, his alleged failure to act in the municipality’s best interests and a controversial overseas trip, among other accusations.

Vilakazi made headlines when he was nabbed after an accident on the N3 in August 2008, in which he crashed his Mercedes Benz.

In December last year he pleaded guilty to some of the charges arising from the accident and was sentenced to a fine of more than R30 000 or jail of more than 18 months.

The Witness reported that Vilakazi pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while his blood alcohol level was over 0,25g per 100 ml of blood, and a charge of malicious injury to property for kicking a police vehicle and causing slight damage to its tail-lights.

On the charge of driving while over the legal alcohol limit, he was fined R30 000 or 18 months’ imprisonment with R20 000 or 12 months suspended for four years. On the malicious injury to property charge, he was given a fine of R2 100 or three months in jail. He paid a total fine of R12 100.

Six of eight charges related to the accident were withdrawn.

On the day of the accident he was travelling from Mooi River to Howick when his car slammed into the back of a truck on the N3.

Vilakazi was not available for comment last night.

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