Ex-MM in hot wa­ter

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - Ya­seen Gaf­far

Re­ports e­mer­ged this week that fin­dings of an in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to mis­con­duct le­vel­led a­gainst for­mer Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger Kam C­het­ty we­re pre­sen­ted du­ring a spe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing on Tu­es­day 4 Sep­tem­ber.

It is be­lie­ved the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on was con­ducted by an in­de­pen­dent pro­se­cu­tor from P­re­to­ria, and that coun­cil accep­ted the fin­dings and ma­de cer­tain re­so­lu­ti­ons.

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­fu­sed to di­vul­ge de­tails on the re­so­lu­ti­ons ma­de by coun­cil, and would not say if C­het­ty will be char­ged as a re­sult. They on­ly re­le­a­sed a sta­te­ment, saying, “The spe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing was in-com­mit­tee and the i­tems ha­ve been re­fer­red to the mu­ni­ci­pal pu­blic ac­counts com­mit­tee for furt­her in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on.” Ho­we­ver, sour­ces claim that the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on will be pur­su­ed and C­het­ty will be for­mal­ly char­ged in co­ming weeks.

The 59-y­e­ar-old C­het­ty re­sig­ned on 8 Ju­ly – on­ly a y­e­ar af­ter ta­king up the reins of mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger in Knys­na. Ac­cor­ding to re­ports, al­le­ga­ti­ons of mis­con­duct a­gainst C­het­ty we­re ma­de by staff mem­bers and coun­cil the­re­af­ter agreed to ha­ve the mat­ter in­ves­ti­ga­ted.

It is com­mon practi­ce to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent pro­se­cu­tor w­hen a se­ni­or ma­na­ger is being in­ves­ti­ga­ted.

Kam C­het­ty

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