Fired over a ghost

2010-09-24 00:00

THE paymaster at Mpofana Municipality has been dismissed after an internal investigation found that he had been paying a ghost employee.

The theft of a stolen computer from the municipality has also been solved.

An investigation by the South African Police Force implicated a security guard employed by the company that was paid to guard municipal premises.

The paymaster, Khurshid Hoosen, has appealed his dismissal.

Hoosen said he could not comment and referred queries to muncipal workers’ union shop steward Vusi Zaca.

Zaca confirmed he is representing the dismissed pay master and said the appeal hearing has been postponed on grounds of ill health. He declined to go into details, saying he does not want to prejudice the appeal.

Mpofana municipal manager Musi Madlala confirmed both offences. He said an internal audit carried out by the municipality had picked up on the ghost employee.

The investigation for more phantom employees will continue.

Madlala said he understands that the security guard is due to appear in court on a charge of theft and that he has been dismissed by the security company.

Municipal insiders suggest that the stolen computer may have contained information that implicates councillors in electricity theft.

Madlala said only the monitor had been stolen and that all municipal information is stored on a central file server.




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