Top city officials no longer suspended

2011-05-02 00:00

SENIOR Msunduzi municipal managers Zwe Hulane and Kevin Perumal are no longer under suspension and have been placed on special leave. This is because the legal period allowed for suspensions — which is three months — has long expired.

Their disciplinary hearings have been halted.

City administrator Sibusiso Sithole told an executive committee (Exco) meeting on Thursday that there are offers on the table. He said the turnaround team are looking at these offers to resolve these matters amicably.

“There are conditions that allow us to look at these proposals. I am talking to the MEC [for Co-operative Governance, Nomusa Dube] to make sure that the public interest is being met in resolving this matter,” Sithole said.

The administrator was responding to a question from Bill Lambert of the Democratic Alliance on the status of the suspended officials. He asked whether efforts were being made to recover money identified in the Auditor-General’s report as being fruitlessly and wastefully spent.

Sithole said all other suspensions that have exceeded the three-month period have been lifted, except for that of the former procurement head, Francis Gran­tham, which is stil being investigated.

The administrator said credit control manger Ajay Beharie was still within the three months suspension and charges against him will be finalised by the end of next week.

“After that we will make the call on whether to lift other suspensions or provide special leave. We are trying to finalise all these disciplinary matters by the end of June as we don’t want this hanging over us when the new council takes over,” he added.

Sithole said that in lifting suspensions his team will make sure that people are available to attend disciplinary inquiries.

He said there are obviously new issues emerging on a daily basis and these will be looked at.

On the A-G’s report, Sithole said his team is formulating responses to queries raised in the report and a legal requirement is that they have to look at recovering wasted funds.

“Where we can recover funds we will institute recovery processes. All the matters raised by the A-G must be responded to otherwise they will remain as matters of concern in the next report,” said Sithole.

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