Tshwane municipality could come back to haunt Deputy Minister of Health Gwen
conduct of suspended Tshwane city manager Kiba
Kekana, was conducted and concluded while Ramokgopa was still mayor.
back a litany of allegations of misconduct and maladministration against Kekana.
after the capital city reportedly experienced a
severe financial crisis and could not pay its debts.
incurred unauthorised expenditure of R477?million under Kekana.
advised the council about the municipality’s “financial ill health” which led to
its failing to pay electricity utility Eskom and Magalies Water Services last
managerial positions flouted local government regulations, and said there was a
need for further investigations to be carried out into how the appointments
Ramokgopa a housing allowance while she lived in
a council-owned residence; and by also paying her a cellphone allowance when the
municipality had already footed the bill for her phone calls.
“very urgently” to order a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into the allegations of maladministration in
kept under wraps, was submitted to the municipality in June.
golden handshake of R2.5 million to buy out the remainder of his contract and
thus avoid taking disciplinary action against him.
September, Ramokgopa, who had a fallout with
Ntsebeza over the scope of his investigation, said that prosecuting Kekana would
be a drawn-out process that could force the municipality to foot the bill for
his pay beyond the expiry date of his employment contract in 2012.
said the “prolonged (disciplinary) process might lead to instability in the
administration of the institution and provision of service delivery”.
may appeal against the decision and commit the municipality to a protracted
litigation exercise including through courts of law,” she said in her
by her nephew, Sputla Ramokgopa, as Tshwane mayor.
saying that she had “never improperly benefited from public resources”.
the mayoral residence was a council resolution that preceded my tenure, and that
a year before the council formally reviewed its resolution, as mayor I had
already taken steps to limit the use of the residence to official purposes
only, based on discussions with the office of the auditor-general,” Ramokgopa said.
questions about the allegations against the suspended city manager or about Ramokgopa’s handling of the saga.
before the council on Thursday.
of reference for Ntsebeza’s investigation and was never interviewed by him,” he