Low-scor­ing can­di­date gets nod for top post

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SUE MA­CLEN­NAN

Makana has pulled down the shut­ters on in­tense bat­tles rag­ing in­side the Coun­cil and in mu­nic­i­pal of­fices.

The only pub­lic item in yes­ter­day’s spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing was the ap­point­ment of a Dis­ci­plinary Board. The struc­ture is a statu­tory one in terms of the Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act.

The item is rel­e­vant be­cause ac­cord­ing to the Act it is this body which is re­quired to deal with al­le­ga­tions of fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct.

Such al­le­ga­tions were made against In­fra­struc­ture Di­rec­tor Dali Mlen­zana.

Five al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct are con­tained in a doc­u­ment seen by Gro­cott’s Mail.

Four re­late to al­leged sup­ply chain ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and the fifth con­cerns an al­leged unau­tho­rised salary in­crease for a se­nior Makana of­fi­cial.

Act­ing Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager Ted Pil­lay this week re­mained tight-lipped on the dis­ci­plinary process, other than to say it re­mained con­fi­den­tial and would be dis­cussed in a closed Coun­cil ses­sion dur­ing next week’s full coun­cil meet­ing.

Mlen­zana like­wise de­clined to com­ment, other than to say he had done what was re­quired.

The Act de­ter­mined that he had seven days to re­spond to Coun­cil, in­di­cat­ing why he should not be sus­pended on the ba­sis of the al­le­ga­tions.

Mean­while, a con­fi­den­tial source says there is strong con­cern across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum about a can­di­date ap­proved in a con­fi­den­tial Coun­cil ses­sion yes­ter­day for the po­si­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s lead­er­ship has at­trib­uted many of its prob­lems to the ab­sence of a per­ma­nent chief ac­count­ing of­fi­cer, who should pro­vide lead­er­ship and sta­bil­ity.

How­ever, the source says, ex­pe­ri­enced coun­cil­lors from both the ANC and DA cau­cuses ex­pressed shock that of three can­di­dates, the one who scored the low­est on a com­pe­tency ma­trix was the one se­lected.

The can­di­date scored “ba­sic” on peo­ple man­age­ment, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, change man­age­ment, gov­er­nance lead­er­ship, anal­y­sis and in­no­va­tion, knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and re­sults and qual­ity fo­cus. They scored “com­pe­tent” on strate­gic di­rec­tion and lead­er­ship, pro­gram and project man­age­ment, moral com­pe­tence, plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

A sec­ond can­di­date score “com­pe­tent” on all ex­cept change man­age­ment which was “ba­sic”.

The third can­di­date scored “ad­vanced” on sev­eral com­pe­ten­cies, and “com­pe­tent” on the rest.

An­nounce­ment

An­other source es­ti­mated that psy­cho­me­t­ric test­ing for an in­di­vid­ual costs around R20 000.

With me­dia queries re­ferred to Pil­lay, Gro­cott’s Mail asked him for con­fir­ma­tion that Coun­cil had ap­proved a can­di­date for the po­si­tion of mu­nic­i­pal man­ager in yes­ter­day’s spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing. Pil­lay said there would be a pub­lic an­nounce­ment about the ap­point­ment once all the ap­point­ment pro­cesses had been com­pleted.

“A can­di­date ap­proved by Coun­cil must go to the MEC [for Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance, Fik­ile Xasa] for con­cur­rence. He has 14 days to re­spond,” Pil­lay said.

“Makana has ev­ery in­ten­tion of ap­point­ing a mu­nic­i­pal man­ager quickly.”

ANC Chief Whip Mab­huti Matyumza had not yet re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment on the process at the time of go­ing to press.

DA cau­cus leader Mlindi Nhanha de­clined to com­ment on the ba­sis the mat­ter re­mained un­der a con­fi­den­tial item.

“How­ever, as the DA we are study­ing very closely the process and out­come and will seek le­gal ad­vice,” Nhanha said.

Gro­cott’s Mail has been in­formed that agen­das for coun­cil meet­ings, in­clud­ing open Coun­cil meet­ings, will no longer be made avail­able to non-coun­cil­lors un­til the items have been dis­cussed in Coun­cil.

This was con­firmed by staff who are un­der in­struc­tion not to is­sue agen­das to mem­bers of the pub­lic or the me­dia.

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