Another metro boss could get golden handshake

2015-09-02 06:00

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MUNICIPAL Manager Mpilo Mbambisa may be busy cleaning out his desk as negotiations with deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni for his alleged golden handshake are concluded this week.

According to well-placed sources in council, 17 charges related to poor performance, deviations of municipal agendas and dereliction of duty were brought against Mbambisa in a closed council meeting last week.

The council meeting was scheduled to discuss the released national treasury report.

Deputy Mayor Bicks Ndoni said during the council meeting, councillors expressed their frustration of Mbambisa.

Ndoni now has the task of negotiating a settlement with the metro boss. One councillor confirmed that Mbambisa will receive a settlement.

The source said Ndoni requested that council approve a settlement package which he would negotiate with Mbambisa.

“Ndoni said he wants to negotiate with Mbambisa to part ways amicably. We had a long debate and some of us said we do not want to sign a blank cheque to negotiations with him when the metro already has a document of charges.

“We can’t take ratepayers along this route. This will be the fifth settlement we have entered into and we were overruled,” said another councillor.

The source said 18 high ranking officials are said to be implicated in the national treasury report on the IPTS bus system.

Ndoni said there was a preliminary report commissioned by national treasury to audit firm Deloitte and Touche which has been submitted and which was noted in council. “The report was not discussed further. Upon receiving the final report we will then act on recommendation,” added Ndoni.

Ndoni said part two of the report related to a viability study of the IPTS. “This will tell us if we need to drop the IPTS, proceed or modify.

“The roads and transport standing committee are dealing with the matter and they will be talking to experts, and comparing our bus system with others around the country,” Ndoni said.

Some previous Metro bosses who have received golden handshakes from the metro include Graham Richards and Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela.

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