Vilakazi’s lies see him fired

2010-06-01 00:00

FORMER uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi’s continuous dishonesty throughout his disciplinary inquiry was a major contributory factor for his dismissal on Friday.

The Witness is in possession of a four-page document detailing the disciplinary inquiry instituted against Vilakazi following his suspension in November last year.

In the document it is stated that Vilakazi’s blatant lies with regard to his drunken driving incident in August 2008 compromised the municipality’s credibility and integrity.

“Instead of apologising for and disassociating himself from his conduct, he persisted with his aggravated and dishonest attempt to evade justice by making a fraudulent statement that was designed to falsely implicate police [officers] and traffic officers … who were doing their jobs,” it stated.

It goes on to say that Vilakazi “persisted with these lies throughout his inquiry” and his dishonesty destroyed the trust essential in the relationship between a municipa­lity and its municipal manager.

The report criticises Vilakazi severely for his actions following the drunken driving incident in which his top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz was written off after he rammed it under a truck near the Mooi River toll plaza.

The report states that Vilakazi refused to co-operate with police and traffic officials when asked for blood samples for alcohol testing. He unlawfully reacted aggressively towards the officers and his claims that the officers assaulted him proved to be false.

The findings are concluded by stating that “the cumulative effect of all the misconduct was a fair reason for dismissal”.

DA caucus leader Pam Passmoor issued the following statement: “The DA uMngeni caucus fully supports the findings of the disciplinary inquiry, which demonstrates that no one, especially those employed in high paying and responsible government positions, is above the law. The decision taken by the uMngeni council reinforces the view that the conduct of those employed in government positions must be beyond reproach.”

IFP councillor Luke Mtshali said Vilakazi’s sacking was a good thing because, as the administrative head, he was responsible for the poor functioning and maladministration that took place in the municipality.

However, Mtshali said Vilakazi was not alone in some of the allegations levelled against him over the years, and those who assisted him should also be brought to book.

uMngeni mayor Edward Dladla could not be reached as his cellphone was off and attempts to get a response from Vilakazi were unsuccessful as his phone rang unanswered.

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