Sutcliffe: S’bu Sithole must explain

2012-06-22 00:00

FORMER eThekwini municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe said his replacement, S’bu Sithole, will have to explain in court whether remarks he made about him were sanctioned by the municipality.

Sutcliffe will hold a press conference today to deal with this and allegations emanating from the Manase report into irregularities at the municipality.

The report by auditors Manase and Associates found widespread irregularities involving the flouting of tender procedures, a lack of budgetary controls, abuse of overtime and councillors and employees doing business with the municipality.

It said Sutcliffe had reported fraud and corruption raised in a previous report to the police only two years later, prejudicing the municipality of R1,1 million.

It said he contravened the Municipal Finance Management Act by failing to report irregular expenditure to the mayor, the MEC and the Attorney-General.

The report implicated other senior officials, including former mayor Obed Mlaba, in irregularities.

Sutcliffe told The Witness yesterday that he was dealing with the report and was taking legal action against Sithole for saying he intended to file a criminal charge against Sutcliffe.

“I will be dealing with the allegations in the Manase report and the legal action that I will be taking against the municipal manager.

“I am taking legal action directly against the municipal manager because I want him to explain whether the remarks he made were those that were mandated by the council.”

He poured scorn on the allegations that he had cost the municipality R1,1 million.

“Firstly, the municipality did not suffer any losses amounting to R1,1 million. The report also makes no mention that the money would have to be recovered.”

Reports suggest he wants to sue for R8 million for damage to his reputation and loss of future income.


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