Si­len­ce af­ter CFO’s 60-day sus­pen­si­on

George Herald - - News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

It is not cer­tain w­hen the Chief Fi­nan­ci­al Of­fi­cer of Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, Keith Jor­daan, can be ex­pected back in of­fi­ce. Jor­daan has been sus­pen­ded for 60 days, sin­ce 23 Au­gust, pen­ding an in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to al­le­ged fi­nan­ci­al mis­con­duct. The 60-day pe­ri­od has co­me to an end on Tu­es­day 23 Oc­to­ber.

Ac­cor­ding to in­for­ma­ti­on, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has to da­te not re­cei­ved any com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on re­gar­ding Jor­daan’s sus­pen­si­on. It is al­so not cle­ar w­het­her the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on has been com­ple­ted, and w­hat its out­co­me en­tails. En­qui­ries sent to the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty was ans­we­red with a s­tan­dard com­ment from Spo­kes­per­son C­han­tel Ed­wards-K­lo­se: “Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty will not pro­vi­de com­ment on any in­ter­nal staff mat­ters.”

The de­ci­si­on to sus­pend Jor­daan was ta­ken du­ring a s­pe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing, fol­lo­wing a re­com­men­da­ti­on by the law firm S­chrö­ter & As­so­ci­a­tes who com­pi­led a re­port on pos­si­ble fi­nan­ci­al ir­re­gu­la­ri­ties by Jor­daan and a port­fo­lio coun­cil­lor. The re­port re­fers to cer­tain in­ci­dents and acti­ons ta­ken by Jor­daan, with re­gards to an a­mount of R350mil­li­on in­ves­ted on be­half of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty at a fi­nan­ci­al in­sti­tu­ti­on.

Jo­a­li­tha van Zyl (left), Nor­man Hunt and De­lia Po­wer, a se­ni­or plan­ner at the mu­ni­ci­pal di­rec­to­ra­te of Plan­ning and De­ve­lop­ment.

Chief Fi­nan­ci­al Of­fi­cer Keith Jor­daan

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