Mahlaba kept out of office

2016-04-12 12:04
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Pietermaritzburg - The head of Msunduzi’s Internal Audit Unit was on Monday refused entry to municipal premises.

Sources at City Hall said he was not allowed in when he arrived for work.

The Witness revealed on Monday that Petrus Mahlaba was allegedly suspended on Friday, but he has denied having received the letter of suspension.

Mahlaba confirmed that he was not allowed into the office to report for duty on Monday. He said he would approach the labour court to challenge his suspension.

He denied reports that he had been called to an office to accept his letter of suspension on Friday, saying the municpality would have to prove the allegation. Municipal officials later tried to thrust the letter on him in the road.

Approached for comment on the events unfolding at Msunduzi, long-standing DA caucus leader Bill Lambert said, “Let me be frank: it is no longer business as usual at Msunduzi. There is a complete breakdown of trust as there appear to be irregular and illegal criminal processes at work. Court intervention is underway to challenge the reported actions. The whole saga is appalling. The citizens of our once-proud capital city do not deserve this.”

Dolo Zondi of the IFP said even ANC members at the city hall were “shattered” by the recent events.

“Something abnormal is taking place there. If this is linked to the current investigation, we cannot impede it. But if this is a new case, it’s proof without doubt that we are in trouble. It’s obvious we are heading towards administration.”

Asked to comment on Mahlaba being refused entry to the municpality yesterday, acting Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said, “We are not aware that Mr Mahlaba was at work today.”

• newsed@witness.co.za

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