City managers on ice

2010-05-07 00:00

MSUNDUZI administrator Johann Mettler has decided to fully suspend the three senior managers he placed on special leave two weeks ago with the intention to charge them within 60 days.

Deputy municipal manager for community services Zwe Hulane, procurement manager Francis Grantham and deputy municipal manager for human resources Kevin Perumal were given special leave on April 23 and were told to come back on Tuesday and plead their cases as to why they should not be fully suspended.

The Witness reported on Wednesday that Mettler had extended their special leave for an additional three days pending his decision. Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Mettler confirmed that the three managers have now officially been suspended and once the charges have been formulated, they will be revealed.

He said he cannot disclose what the exact nature of the allegations are at this stage because of the confidential nature of the proceedings.

Mettler said the municipality’s suspended senior managers will face the necessary consequences and although he cannot reveal the allegations, he can confirm that they are of a serious nature.

So serious are they, said Mettler, that he has decided to institute full disciplinary investigations that are likely to culminate in disciplinary hearings.

“It is my intention to formally charge them within 60 days,” said Mettler.

Acting public safety manager Kenneth Chetty, who was placed on special leave last week for seven days, has not yet had his turn to respond to the allegations levelled at him, said Mettler.

Msunduzi chief financial officer Roy Bridgmohan was officially suspended last week pending a disciplinary inquiry, and is facing charges relating to his duties at the municipality.

Attempts to get comment from Hulane and Perumal were unsuccessful as both their phones were off.

Grantham confirmed his suspension, saying he will have to clear his name once the disciplinary proceedings get under way.

“I have nothing to hide,” he said.

Dr Nomasonto Nkosi will continue to fill the role of acting deputy municipal manager for community services, Rex Singh will continue as acting procurement manager, Kass Thaver remains acting deputy municipal manager for human resources and Mahen Sahibdeen is still the municipality’s acting chief financial officer.

THE city’s current cashflow situation is better than anticipated.

So said Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler yesterday who said the total funds in various municipal bank accounts currently stand at R147 million.

He said the actual cash balance was presently R41 million but he projected that as things stand at the moment, they anticipate a cash deficit of R16, 8 million at the end of May.

The projected cash balance is likely to be R1, 8 million at the end of June, he said.

“We’ll be doing what we can to deal with the short fall. We need to increase revenue collection and we are working tirelessly so that we can be able to do that,” he said.

Following numerous complaints from residents in and around the city regarding the erratic collection of refuse, Mettler said he planned to present the executive committee with a report regarding waste collection next Thursday.

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