Silence after CFO’s 60-day suspension
It is not certain when the Chief Financial Officer of George Municipality, Keith Jordaan, can be expected back in office. Jordaan has been suspended for 60 days, since 23 August, pending an investigation into alleged financial misconduct. The 60-day period has come to an end on Tuesday 23 October.
According to information, the municipality has to date not received any communication regarding Jordaan’s suspension. It is also not clear whether the investigation has been completed, and what its outcome entails. Enquiries sent to the George Municipality was answered with a standard comment from Spokesperson Chantel Edwards-Klose: “George Municipality will not provide comment on any internal staff matters.”
The decision to suspend Jordaan was taken during a special council meeting, following a recommendation by the law firm Schröter & Associates who compiled a report on possible financial irregularities by Jordaan and a portfolio councillor. The report refers to certain incidents and actions taken by Jordaan, with regards to an amount of R350million invested on behalf of the municipality at a financial institution.
Joalitha van Zyl (left), Norman Hunt and Delia Power, a senior planner at the municipal directorate of Planning and Development.
Chief Financial Officer Keith Jordaan