More managers suspended

2010-11-08 00:00

THE list of suspended Msunduzi managers is growing by the day.

This amid news that two senior managers from the speaker’s office were given suspension letters late last Tuesday.

Manager in the speaker’s office Nondumiso Hlela and office co-ordinator Hazel Xolo are the latest to join the list of those who have been suspended since the provincial intervention team took over Msunduzi’s affairs. At this stage, the reasons for the suspensions are not known and The Witness was unable to get comment from either of the two.

Hlela is the wife of former council speaker Alpha Shelembe, who was stripped of his position earlier this year although he still serves as a ward councillor.

Brian Zuma, Msunduzi’s acting marketing and public relations manager, confirmed the suspensions, but said they would have no bearing on the functionality of the speaker’s office because arrangements will be made to make sure that required work is done.

“… it is common practice to fill in gaps when people are not at work for whatever reasons,” said Zuma.

The number of senior managers on suspension is now nine.

Lulama Mbatha and Priscilla Harris who hold senior positions in the municipality’s human resources department were suspended a few months ago.

Insiders have said Mbatha was suspended for using council property to further her personal business while Harris was apparently fingered in a forensic report.

Zwe Hulane, Kenny Chetty, Francis Grantham, Roy Bridgmohan and Kevin Perumal were suspended earlier this year for their alleged roles in the mismanagement of the municipality.

Department of Co-operative Governance spokesman Lennox Mabaso said the cases involving Hulane, Chetty, Grantham, Bridgmohan and Perumal are still at a sensitive stage.

“… sometimes it’s better when you are dealing with such matters which have legal implications, that you only make public pronouncements when you have key developments,” he said.

Mabaso said the department was handling the cases with extra care as a precautionary measure.

“Otherwise the challenge is that you may be accused of using the media to try people or you may unwittingly make a comment that gets to be interpreted as prejudicial and people who would have been otherwise convicted then escape on the basis of a technicality,” he said.


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