The R1 078 822 question: Will this Johnny b goode?
No sooner has acting municipal manager Johnny Douglas received a contract extension for another three months, than questions were being raised as to the legitimacy thereof as well as if Douglas is indeed the best man for the job.
According to municipal legislation, before Douglas can be offered a contract extension, the municipality has to submit this request to the MEC for local government. Only once the MEC has approved this, can council resolve to offer Douglas such extension. When asked to clarify the appointment, MEC Anton Bredell’s office stated that the mayor informed Bredell on 2 November of the council resolution seeking to extend the period for Douglas to act as municipal manager from 8 November 2018 to 31 January 2019 (or until a municipal manager is appointed, whichever comes first). “As this is permissible, the MEC is considering such an extension, mindful of all legal requirements,” reads the statement from Bredell’s office.
But while some people remain insistent that Douglas is the right man to manage the town while the final stamp of approval is under consideration, others have highlighted his rather rocky record of mishaps. Auditor General’s report: The Auditor Generals report of