Internal auditor wants his day in court

2015-07-01 09:30
Dan Govender with his mounts of paperwork he claims shows his “injustice”.

Dan Govender with his mounts of paperwork he claims shows his “injustice”. (Ian Carbutt)

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A FORMER internal auditor at the Msunduzi Municipality has accused the city and two senior prosecutors of “meddling” in an assault case he laid against a legal adviser.

Rajendra ‘Dan’ Govender says he has been in a “back and forth game” with the municipality since 2011, when he was accused of bribery and corruption. He claims the legal adviser physically assaulted him during a disciplinary hearing, which led to criminal charges at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

“I uncovered fraud whereby an employee was claiming overtime and locomotion allowance of about R300 000, when he did not even qualify for the allowance.

“I asked my junior at that time to get the documents so we could nail this guy for corruption. My junior asked to borrow some money from me for personal reasons, so I lent it to him, but before I knew it, I was the one being charged for bribery and corruption,” said Govender.

He said his junior charged him, claiming that the money was for documents and not as a favour to him. A few days later, Govender’s junior withdrew the charges against him and stated in an affidavit that he was “forced by an acting manager to open false charges”. The affidavits were seen by The Witness.

Although the criminal charges were withdrawn against Govender, the city continued with its internal charges, which culminated in his dismissal in April this year.

He said during a disciplinary hearing in March the prosecutor flung a document at me, “which resulted in soft tissue injury.” He laid assault charges against the prosecutor. However, when the woman was due to appear in court on March 28, Govender was told the docket relating to the case was missing.

Msunduzi Municipality refused to answer questions from The Witness, saying Govender “should seek ­proper recourse in the structures as provided for in the Labour Relations Act, and not use the media to seek a remedy”.

Govender has now written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Moipone Noko, demanding an investigation into the matter.

“I want my day in court and I want all this behind me,” he said.

The prosecutors’ names have been withheld because they have not been charged.

Noko said she had received Govender’s letter last week.

“I am currently investigating the matter and have requested reports from the relevant officials,” she said

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