Com­plaints lead to seven sus­pen­sions

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Week­end Post Re­porter

COM­PLAINTS over poor ser­vice de­liv­ery and al­le­ga­tions of ten­der rig­ging have prompted the Dr Bey­ers Naude Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to go af­ter seven se­nior man­agers.

They were served with no­tices of in­ten­tion to sus­pend them fol­low­ing a coun­cil de­ci­sion last week.

In a state­ment, mayor Deon De Vos said they had been bom­barded with com­plaints from res­i­dents in Graaff-Reinet and its sur­rounds about the poor stan­dard of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“In my reg­u­lar may­oral out­reaches, I am con­fronted by un­happy com­mu­ni­ties who have a lot to say about the un­ac­cept­able lev­els of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“The ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment is that some of the is­sues do not re­quire fund­ing and can be eas­ily re­solved by a com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate staff com­ple­ment,” De Vos said.

He said the depart­ment iden­ti­fied as the most prob­lem­atic by res­i­dents was the com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­torate.

“Com­plaints have been re­ceived in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally from com­mu­nity mem­bers on mis­con­duct, poor work­ing re­la­tions and non-per­for­mance within the di­rec­torate, lack of law en­force­ment, dirty res­i­den­tial ar­eas and poor su­per­vi­sion.

“A gen­eral com­plaint re­lates to the abuse of mu­nic­i­pal ve­hi­cles. Of­fi­cials have been seen shop­ping and trans­port­ing their fam­i­lies in mu­nic­i­pal ve­hi­cles. “This is an un­ac­cept­able sit­u­a­tion,” he said. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­tends sus­pend­ing both the di­rec­tor and man­ager of com­mu­nity ser­vices as well as the man­ager of pro­tec­tion ser­vices.

Al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices in the sup­ply chain man­age­ment depart­ment would also be in­ves­ti­gated, De Vos said, adding that they had ap­proached the Sarah Baart­man Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to in­ves­ti­gate two ten­ders that had been ap­proved by the Dr Bey­ers Naude Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“Three of­fi­cials from the sup­ply chain man­age­ment unit were placed on com­pul­sory leave for the du­ra­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The out­come of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion has re­sulted in the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager re­quest­ing a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion by in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors to look into ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in award­ing one of the ten­ders.

“Coun­cil noted the in­ten­tion to sus­pend the fol­low­ing of­fi­cials for the du­ra­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion: man­ager sup­ply chain and as­sets, chief clerk sup­ply chain, se­nior sup­ply chain clerk and the se­nior ICT of­fi­cer.”

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