The Herald (South Africa)

Bay official resigns after 18 months on suspension

- Avuyile Mngxitama-Diko

AFTER about 18 months on paid suspension, Nelson Mandela Bay senior finance official Nadia Gerwel has resigned.

This was confirmed by the metro’s budget and treasury portfolio head, councillor Retief Odendaal, yesterday.

Odendaal said Gerwel’s resignatio­n came after failed bids to get the city to pay her a settlement.

She was among a host of city officials implicated in the forensic report compiled by former National Prosecutin­g Authority boss Vusi Pikoli as having cost the metro millions of rands on projects related to the controvers­ial Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

She was suspended on charges of misconduct after Pikoli recommende­d she face disciplina­ry action for signing off R600 000 to an event organiser without an invoice.

Odendaal said Gerwel resigned with immediate effect on Tuesday.

“Disciplina­ry processes were under way and she had been on suspension for a year-and-a-half.” Her resignatio­n was accepted. However, Gerwel is not off the hook as she is still tied to a court case that was instituted by the metro, also related to IPTS funds, as well as the case involving former Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium operators Access Management.

Chief of staff in mayor Athol Trollip’s office Kristoff Adelbert said: “Gerwel is a defendant in our civil case against Access Facilities Management, which we will continue to pursue without fear or favour.

“Gerwel had previously requested a number of alternativ­e settlement­s, which we rejected outright.

“The municipali­ty was set on pursuing disciplina­ry proceeding­s.”

Odendaal said: “As a responsibl­e institutio­n we have to investigat­e every case, we cannot just enter into settlement agreements.”

City manager Johann Mettler said Gerwel had given no reasons for her decision.

Attempts to reach Gerwel for comment were unsuccessf­ul.


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