Mettler: Msunduzi finance boss quits

2011-01-17 00:00

HAS suspended Msunduzi Municipality’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Roy Bridgmohan resigned from his job or not? Yesterday, administrator Johann Mettler said Bridgmohan had resigned. However, the CFO vehemently denied this, calling Mettler a “liar”.

The Witness had learnt that a deal had allegedly been brokered and that Bridgmohan was to leave the municipality.

When contacted about this development, Mettler confirmed the resignation. He added that the MEC for Co-operative Governance Nomusa Dube approved that the municipality accepts Bridgmohan’s resignation with immediate effect. According to Mettler, the CFO will be paid out two months’ salary and his resignation does not exclude the possibility of civil and criminal charges being pursued.

In an e-mail sent to The Witness Bridgmohan asked that his response be published verbatim.

Bridgmohan said: “If Mettler has, in fact, stated that I have resigned, he is a liar and a rogue element at the municipality. He should be asked to produce proof of the alleged resignation, and you should corroborate this information with the MEC and the acting municipal manager.

“I have not resigned and I am looking forward to my hearing to prove my innocence. The people of this city need to be informed of the truth and not resort to cheap politicking without the benefit of the facts.”

Mettler was asked to comment on Bridgmohan calling him a “liar”. He declined to respond to this, but undertook to check with the MEC’s office. He called back to say that he ascertained that a proposal for Bridgmohan’s resignation had been put forward by the CFO’s representative at the hearings.

This was sent to the MEC and approved. However, he found out that the MEC’s approval had not yet been communicated to Bridgmohan.

“Technically he is correct,” said Mettler, who apologised for the slip saying he had been away from the city and he believed the information had been communicated to Bridgmohan.

The Witness also asked Mettler for details on the disciplinary hearing of public safety manager Kenny Chetty, which has been completed. However, he said he could not divulge details at this stage as Chetty still has to be formally informed of the outcome of the case against him. The administrator said this will happen today.

According to Mettler, the other disciplinary cases against senior managers Kevin Perumal, Zwe Hulane and Francis Grantham have commenced and evidence is currently being led.

“We are confident that all these cases will be finalised within a month,” he said.

Word in the corridors of city hall is that it is possible either all three or two of the remaining senior managers could be brokering deals that will either see them returning to their jobs or resigning.

In previous interviews with The Witness Mettler expressed his confidence that the municipality was building strong cases for the disciplinary hearings. He also said they were preparing to bring civil and criminal charges and were not excluding the possibility of approaching the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to perform lifestyle audits of the persons concerned.

The senior officials have been suspended on full pay for more than nine months.

A previous Witness report revealed that the suspensions were costing the city thousands of rands per month, eating into gains being made by the turnaround team working at rescuing the municipality from financial collapse.

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