Mbombela Municipality settles dispute with former manager

2011-11-07 14:24

The Mbombela Municipality has paid former manager Jacob Dladla a R1.5 million settlement after firing him for alleged wrongdoing.

“It is a win-win situation. The municipality withdrew internal charges against him and in return he withdrew a court case,” municipal spokesperson Joseph Ngala said today.

The charges against Dladla related to the construction of the R1.2 billion Mbombela 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

The municipality decided to settle because it would have been too costly to carry on contesting a Labour Court action by Dladla against his dismissal.

“We have spent more than R4 million on legal fees and the longer it drags on the more it will cost the municipality,” said Ngala.

He said Dladla was fired in 2010 after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of manipulating a tender awarded to construction company Lefika Emerging Equity.

Dladla went to the Labour Court to challenge his dismissal, and interdicted the municipality from filling the post.
Ngala said the allegations against Dladla related to money paid to Lefika.

Former Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala, who was to testify against Dladla, was killed at his home in KaNyamazane near Nelspruit in January 2009.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said the investigation into the murder was continuing.

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