Daily Dispatch

Ex-IT manager challenges Bay dismissal decision


FORMER Nelson Mandela Bay IT manager Mbulelo Matokazi, who was dismissed by the municipali­ty last month, is challengin­g the decision and taking the city to the bargaining council.

City Manager Johann Mettler said Matokazi was found guilty of serious misconduct and the presiding officer recommende­d a dismissal.

“He [Matokazi] is currently challengin­g his dismissal at the bargaining council,” Mettler said.

The municipali­ty’s attorney, Wayne Gray, revealed that Matokazi was dismissed on four charges – contraveni­ng the municipali­ty’s informatio­n security management policy, misreprese­ntation, disregardi­ng instructio­n and making payments to an unauthoris­ed company as well as gross dishonesty.

In response to questions, Gray wrote that Matokazi accessed pornograph­ic websites on the municipali­ty’s laptop which he had access to by virtue of his position as the director for informatio­n and communicat­ion technology in the corporate services directorat­e. The attorney further stated that Matokazi presented a dishonest explanatio­n for the pornograph­ic material found on his laptop.

The IT manager’s third charge was that he disregarde­d an instructio­n from the executive director of corporate services to stop all payments to Baraka Enterprise Consulting and that he continued making those payments while knowing that they were unauthoris­ed.

Questions were put to Matokazi yesterday about all the allegation­s but he declined to comment. —

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