Di­rec­tor charged

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SUE MACLEN­NAN

Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s sus­pended In­fra­struc­ture and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Dali Mlen­zana will be sub­jected to a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, with the out­come ex­pected by the end of Novem­ber 2018. Mlen­zana faces charges of mis­con­duct for al­leged fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. He was placed on pre­cau­tion­ary sus­pen­sion on 25 July pend­ing an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

This fol­lowed a seven-day pe­riod al­low­ing him to make writ­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tion why he should not be sus­pended. Sources said Mlen­zana had sub­mit­ted sub­stan­tial doc­u­men­ta­tion to this end, with de­tailed mo­ti­va­tions as to why the al­le­ga­tions were un­fair and un­founded, ac­cus­ing those be­hind the process of a witch-hunt.

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

Four re­lated to al­leged sup­ply chain ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and the fifth con­cerned an al­leged unau­tho­rised salary in­crease for a se­nior Makana of­fi­cial. It is un­der­stood that these al­le­ga­tions form the ba­sis for the charges Mlen­zana now faces in terms of the Mu­nic­i­pal Sys­tems Act’s Dis­ci­plinary Reg­u­la­tions for Se­nior Man­agers.

Makana spokesper­son Yoliswa Ramokolo, asked to ex­plain the sta­tus and pos­si­ble out­come of the hear­ing, said there was a prima fa­cie case against Mlen­zana.

“This is what will be tested in a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing,” Ramokolo said. “We can’t pre­dict the out­come: that will de­pend on how the case is set out, and how well the Di­rec­tor de­fends him­self.”

Ramokolo said the coun­cil had taken the res­o­lu­tion to charge Mlen­zana dur­ing a con­fi­den­tial spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing on 22 Au­gust.

Mean­while, Pub­lic Safety and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Kelello Mak­goka con­tin­ues to serve as act­ing di­rec­tor of In­fra­struc­ture and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices.

And Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager Moppo Mene con­firmed this week that in­ter­views for a chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer would be con­ducted on 6 Septem­ber, with an ap­point­ment ex­pected within three months.

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