Wanted: retired judges to prosecute city’s suspended senior managers

2010-12-20 00:00

RETIRED judges are being recruited to preside over the prosecutions of senior managers of Msunduzi Municipality who have been suspended after being accused of mismanagement and corruption.

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is seeking the services of retired judges in an effort to speed up the prosecutions, the MEC, Nomusa Dube, said last week.

Senior managers within the municipality were suspended pending the completion of investigations against them, after Cogta-appointed city administrator Johan Mettler discovered that there were some irregularities in the transactions they had allegedly authorised.

The suspended managers include Kevin Perumal, Zwe Hulane, Roy Bridgmohan, Francis Grantham and Kenny Chetty.

They have spent months at home while the financially strapped municipality pays their salaries.

Dube said that besides seeking the services of retired judges to speed up the process of bringing the suspended officials to court, “we are also scrutinizing the nature of other cases to see whether some other officials can return to work while disciplinary processes are under way instead of them getting paid while staying at home”.

“There are things we are also looking at to check how we would take the way forward.”

Msunduzi Municipality is one of five municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal that received a qualified audit report in the 2009/10 financial year, the same result it received in the 2008/09 financial year.

The municipality last received an unqualified audit report during the 2007/08 financial year.

Cogta’s efforts to clean up the city’s management forms part of an administrative programme that has seen uMgungundlovu District Municipality joining the growing number of municipalities in the province that have received unqualified reports for three consecutive financial years.

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