Ugu boss Devaraj says he was not fired but ‘decided to leave’

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Ugu municipal manager Dhanpalan Devaraj (DD) Naidoo
Ugu municipal manager Dhanpalan Devaraj (DD) Naidoo

Ugu District Municipality’s municipal manager Dhanpalan Devaraj (DD) Naidoo said he was not fired or dismissed by the municipality, but decided to leave because of reasons he would not reveal.

Last Friday, Ugu released a statement saying it had concluded its disciplinary proceedings with Naidoo, who was placed on suspension in November 2020.

Naidoo’s suspension came after an investigation by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) revealed how some former senior officials within Ugu and local businessmen were implicated in tender irregularities and had allegedly flouted procurement processes.

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