Kekana report will be made public – new Tshwane mayor

2010-11-03 13:05

A report on misconduct and maladministration allegations against Tshwane’s former municipal manager would be made public, Tshwane’s newly elected mayor, Sputla Kgosientso Ramokgopa, said today.

Addressing the media a day after he was elected to the position by the Tshwane Metro Council, Ramokgopa said that the former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza’s report into the allegations of maladministration and mismanagement would be made public.

Kiba Kekana was suspended in October last year on 11 allegations of mismanagement. Five of these charges were subsequently dropped.

Ntsebeza was tasked in February with investigating Kekana. His report, handed to former mayor Gwen Ramokgopa in June, has yet to see the light of day. It had not been presented to the city’s council.

“Yes, the Ntsebeza report will be made public. It will go to council. The ratepayers deserve to know what are these findings. It won’t be kept secret,” said Sputla Ramokgopa.

He said that the length of time that Kekana had been suspended was far too long.

He said that he wanted to know from the city’s management how many people were on suspension and at what cost.

He said that the city would have to balance pursuing legal action and consequent success rates against an early settlement outside court.

The Pretoria News reported in April that Ntsebeza and Gwen Ramokgopa clashed over the dropping of these charges, which it said had the potential to implicate Ramokgopa in wrongdoing.

The newspaper reported that Kekana had failed to control Gwen Ramokgopa’s expenditure, and allegations related to her receiving a housing allowance while occupying a municipal-owned house, and the municipality paying for all her cellphone calls.

Sputla Ramokgopa is a nephew to former mayor Gwen Ramogkopa. He said he would not apologise for being her nephew and that no one had questioned his credentials.

“Raise the merits, don’t raise other gymnastics outside,” he said, adding that he would no longer respond to questions on his relationship with his aunt.

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