Six-month suspension for metro director

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen PHOTO: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, says the Mangaung Municipality has spent more than R156 000 on the salaries of four suspended metro officials. The total number of suspended Mangaung metro municipal officials now stands at five after the director of strategic projects, George Mohlakoana, has been suspended. Mohlakoana failed to attend a compulsory competency course which cost the municipality R48 000.
This was revealed by Mangaung Mayor, Olly Mlamleli, following a special council meeting held in camera last week. Mlamleli says the suspension is nothing personal against Mohlakoana.
She says she was asked why she is targeting Mohlakoana, and her answer was that council made the decision, not her. “The council gave me permission to deal with him, not others. If there are others, they’ll come in one way or another. We are just following the processes because it was requested by National Treasury that they must all attend this competency course.”
She says Mohlakoana has not been found guilty of anything. The council is merely following municipal procedures. An investigation looking into why Mohlakoana failed to attend the compulsory course is underway. Mlamleli says Mohlakoana had to be suspended while the municipality is carrying out an investigation. This is because he might influence or intimidate some of his colleagues who have worked with him for more than 10 years.
The second item discussed at the special council meeting was the appointment of a city manager. Since the duration period of the previous acting city manager has come to an end, Mlamleli has requested the council to fill the vacancy.
Tankiso Mae, who has been acting in this position since the previous manager, Sibongile Mazibuko, was suspended in December 2015, has been reappointed for the next three months. The municipality carried out an investigation against Mazibuko and she later resigned. Mlamleli says the council discussed and agreed that advocate Mae would be appointed as of Tuesday 20 September, until 16 December. The vacancy for the position of city manager is still being advertised. – Seithati Semenokane