Traffic boss Kenny Chetty fired

2011-01-21 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality’s acting public safety manager, Kenny Chetty has been fired from city hall after he was found guilty on 13 charges following his disciplinary hearing.

These were on counts of gross mismanagement, maladministration and corruption.

Meanwhile, chief financial officer (CFO) Roy Bridgemohan has not resigned and is still negotiating a settlement. The heat is also not off former municipal manager Rob Haswell, as investigations into the shenanigans at city hall are continuing.

These details emerged at a joint press briefing with KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr at the city hall yesterday.

Tarr said that Bridgemohan had proposed a settlement and that Dube had given the mandate to settle and this is currently being investigated.

During question time Dube was asked if any action is going to be taken against Haswell as the chief accounting officer. All the MEC would say was that investigations were ongoing. She added that she could not say more at this stage to avoid being accused of starting a trial by media.

Responding to Monday’s article in The Witness, Tarr said he wanted to allay all fears that the suspended high ranking officials will be returning to their posts. He said there are disciplinary hearings currently proceeding to test the allegations. He added that there will be “NO golden handshakes nor generous payouts.”

The disciplinary hearing against the head of procurement Francis Grantham is proceeding this week and that of the head of community services Zwe Hulane is set down for next week.

Tarr added that there is a strong case to take civil and criminal action against some of the suspended officials. He added that in addition there are 20 or so other cases all in various stages of disciplinary proceedings.

The Witness has seen the charge sheet against Chetty.

His disciplinary hearing was also conducted in his absence and according to sources he allegedly walked out of the hearing shortly after it had commenced. The charge sheet listed 10 charges against him.

Tarr said the municipality is currently investigating possible criminal and civil action against Chetty.

The charges include:

. Counts one to five relate to overtime paid to staff in his department.

. Counts six and seven were over the alleged irregular formation of an elite unit within the traffic and safety department, which was not part of the core functions of the municipality; and for failing to disband the unit when instructed to do so.

. Count eight related to the expenditure on an unauthorised contract with Luger Protection Services to provide two firearms and transport for the protection provided to the mayor’s residence from March to December 2009.

. Count nine was for misconduct relating to allegedly receiving payment on a private motor vehicle while a municipal vehicle was in use.

. Count 10 was for Chetty failing to resolve the placement of traffic officer Martin Bekker and allowing him to remain at home on full pay for more than a year.

When contacted yesterday Chetty confirmed that he received notice of his dismissal on Monday and he said he was appealing the decision on the basis that it was substantively and procedurally unfair as it was held in his absence.

“In any event, the whole enquiry was not conducted in terms of the disciplinary codes and procedures of the South African Local Government bargaining council’s agreement on disciplinary procedure.

“What happened amounted to prosecution via a kangaroo court,” said Chetty.

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