Chris Hani re­scinds ap­point­ment of man­ager

Daily Dispatch - - NEWS - By TEMBILE SGQOLANA

CHRIS Hani dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity coun­cil has re­scinded its de­ci­sion to reap­point its man­ager, Moppo Mene, which was taken with­out fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dure last year.

The rescis­sion res­o­lu­tion was taken at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing in the Ko­mani town hall last week and Chris Hani strate­gic man­ager Bhek­i­sisa Mthembu was ap­pointed as act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager un­til the post is prop­erly filled.

UDM coun­cil­lor Zanemvula Deliwe said the coun­cil took the de­ci­sion to re­scind the ap­point­ment af­ter a long de­bate among the po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“Coun­cil also took a res­o­lu­tion to con­done the de­ci­sions he made when he was reap­pointed to his po­si­tion,” he said.

He ac­cused ex­ec­u­tive mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo of mis­lead­ing the coun­cil into re­new­ing Mene’s con­tract with­out the va­cancy be­ing ad­ver­tised.

“Mene’s con­tract was raised in coun­cil and it was dis­cussed.

“There were terms and conditions that were put for­ward and he agreed with them,” Deliwe said.

They dis­cov­ered only later that they had erred in re­new­ing the con­tract of the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, as it had not been ad­ver­tised.

“Co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs MEC Fik­ile Xasa went to court to chal­lenge the reap­point­ment. We were given the court pa­pers. Coun­cil re­scinded the de­ci­sion and did not go to court to ad­dress the de­ci­sion,” he said.

DA coun­cil­lor Malibongwe Xhe­lisilo said he had asked that coun­cil seek a le­gal opin­ion be­fore tak­ing a de­ci­sion or that they let the court decide on the mat­ter.

Chris Hani ex­ec­u­tive mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter.

Chris Hani spokes­woman Thobeka Mqamelo did not re­spond to ques­tions sent.

Co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs spokesman Mamkeli Ngam said Xasa wrote to all the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince that did not fol­low proper re­cruit­ment pro­cesses when re­cruit­ing their man­agers.

“Chris Hani was one of those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that did not fol­low the proper re­cruit­ment pro­cesses in line with the act.

“They wrote to the MEC telling him that they had re­newed Mene’s con­tract and the MEC did not con­cur with that,” he said.

Ngam said the MEC had as­sured the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that if they failed to com­ply with the law he would take them to court.

“I can con­firm that court pa­pers were served to Chris Hani dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” he said.


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