Five managers axed

2015-04-30 16:15

PHUTHADITJHABA. – Five key managers of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality are set to be axed following yet another disclaimer audit outcome by the auditor general (AG).

Mayor Vusi Tshabalala told Express Eastern Free State (EFS) the five senior officials were asked to resign last week.

According to Tshabalala, the municipality had been receiving disclaimers from the AG for the past 20 years and continued to regress.

Tshabalala said axed senior officials had an adverse attitude towards their work which impacted negatively on the municipality.

“Since I joined the municipality last year, there hasn’t been much progress in the departments of the officials implicated. We can’t keep getting disclaimers, the municipality needs to improve,” Tshabalala said.

Tshabalala said there was nothing sinister about the intervention.

The managers were released under section 57.

Tshabalala indicated that the vacancies would be advertised soon, but did not divulge further information on when the posts would be filled.

The five axed officials are Hleli Machela, director of spatial planning and human settlement, community services director Palesa Selepe, head of corporate and legal services Sipho Mhlambi, director for local economic development Tseko Mthamaha and Lehlohonolo Dumisa, who was the head of security.

Last year the DA formally asked the minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, for a financial intervention, following 13 consecutive disclaimer audit opinions, in terms of the Constitution.

The municipality owes Eskom in excess of R562 million and carries a household debt of more than R835 million.

The party requested Nene to place the municipality under administration

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