Axe hovering as Mettler extends special leave

2010-05-05 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality administrator Johann Mettler has extended the special leave of council’s senior managers to deliberate on their reasons as to why they should not be suspended.

The deputy municipal manager for human resources, Kevin Perumal, procurement manager Francis Grantham and deputy municipal manager for community services Zwe Hulane were placed on special leave on April 23. By yesterday the three had to supply reasons as to why they should not be suspended.

On the same day that the senior managers were placed on leave, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize declared that they should resign, saying that “we will not tolerate indolence, incompetence, corruption or any form of disloyalty to citizens”.

Last week, the head of the council’s public safety division, Kenneth Chetty, was also placed on special leave for seven days.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Mettler said he has asked that the managers receive extended special leave pending his decision.

“Nobody is on suspension,” said Mettler.

The Witness understands that the extended special leave is for three days.

Mettler said that by the next meeting of the council’s executive committee (Exco), scheduled for tomorrow, he will have made his decisions. They will be tabled at the Exco meeting.

When asked whether the managers’ reasons were valid and convincing, Mettler giggled and opted not to comment.

The council’s chief financial officer, Roy Bridgmohan, was officially suspended last week.

He is set to answer to a number of charges, which may include poor budget management and overspending of the current budget as well as poor debt management and inability to manage cash flow processes.




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