I am not corrupt, says axed City Power managing director

2017-07-05 19:23
Sicelo Xulu. (Supplied)

Sicelo Xulu. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - City Power managing director Sicelo Xulu, who has been released from his contractual obligations, claims that he has not been provided with a copy of a report into the allegations of corruption at the utility "which cost the public billions of rand".

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, in a statement on Tuesday, said the City Power's board met last week following the final submission of Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo Incorporated's damning forensic report into allegations of widespread corruption and mismanagement at the power utility.

"Noting the contents of the final report, detailing serious misconduct on the part of the MD [managing director], the board would ordinarily institute a disciplinary hearing. However, the MD's contract will expire at the end of August and the city would not be able to complete the disciplinary process in that time. It is for this reason that the board has taken a decision to immediately release the MD from his contractual responsibilities," Mashaba said.

He said the decision, "which I fully support", will begin the process of restoring good governance and ending corruption at the power utility.

No report

Xulu said to date he has not been provided with a copy of the investigation report and "therefore have no knowledge whatsoever of the findings or whether there are in fact any allegations of impropriety on my behalf".

Xulu said he suggested in a letter to City Power on Wednesday that they could meet in order to discuss the allegations made against him and others in the investigation report.

"On that aspect, I agree with mayor Mashaba that corruption must be stamped out and it is for that reason that I am happy to assist City Power to the extent that they may want me to do so," he said.

Xulu was released from his obligations on Monday following an enquiry into allegations of corruption made against him and others that was initiated by the City of Johannesburg in January 2017.

"I refute these disparaging allegations and have no doubt that if afforded the opportunity to provide my input, any misconception that I am corrupt will be dispelled," he said.

Xulu said the allegations against him are not new. He said he has been investigated and reviewed by reputable professional institutions, including a well-established auditing and forensic firm, a leading law firm, practising advocates and also by the Auditor General.

"All of which concluded that I was not implicated in any impropriety whatsoever," he said.

Xulu said he was recently informed by City Power that they would honour their obligations to him until the termination of his fixed term contract.

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