Council finds 21 ‘ghosts’

2010-05-28 00:00

TWENTY-one people have been identified as possible ghost employees now that the Msunduzi Municipality’s employee verification process is over.

Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler said during yesterday’s full council meeting: “We are busy with investigations regarding who was responsible for the appointments, into which accounts the salaries were being paid and who withdrew the money, and so on.

“There will be consequences,” he added.

Intervention task team member Ben Dorfling said they will know how much the municipality saved by ending the ghost appointments only when the investigations are concluded.

Mettler said that at this stage, it is assumed that there are 21 ghost employees “but someone may be lying sick somewhere”.

Said Dorfling: “Within two weeks we’ll know who of those 21 are ghosts and … how we’ll recover that money.”

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert said: “It’s a great relief for all of us that there are only 21 ghosts identified. I thought it would be in the hundreds, so this number brings some degree of comfort for us.”

The following are some of the findings of the three-day employee verification process:

• 3 096 workers’ positions were verified.

• 24 employees were on leave during the verification process and will be paid.

• Two employees are in jail and will not be paid.

• The one employee who was found to be absent without leave will not be paid.

• Five workers have been suspended with pay.



THE Witness reported last week that once employees positions’ are verified, the municipality will begin restructuring its departments and likely reduce the number of senior managers.

This was confirmed by Mettler yesterday when he announced a change in the internal senior management structure.

There will now be three strategic executive managers reporting directly to the municipal manager instead of five deputy municipal managers (DMMs).

These are the chief financial officer, the strategic executive for infrastructure services and the strategic executive for community services.

The former DMMs for economic development and for human resources will now be among seven executive managers falling under the three strategic executives.

Last week, the parliamentary delegation that visited the city said one of its concerns is that there are too many managers in the municipality and there needs to be a change in the DMM titles as they carry financial implications.

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