Moqhaka municipal manager partly guilty

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REFILWE MEKOA

It is still uncertain whether disciplinary action will be taken against Moqhaka Municipality Manager after he was found guilty for appointing two consulting companies without following the appropriate procedure.

According to the Free State Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) HOD Victor Duma, the task team discovered that in some of the findings, there wasn’t an advertisement or minutes justifying the appointment of the service provider. Duma insisted that Simon Mqwathi wasn’t found guilty of allegations made by municipal employees that he used municipal funds for his private expenses.

He explained during that period, Mqwathi was a consultant on an agreement that all his expenses including accommodation and groceries are paid by COGTA. The report was handed over to COGTA MEC Olly Mlamleli and the council this week.

Duma says the situation is calm and 33 employees who acted against the court interdict remain dismissed. A court order was submitted last month warning disgruntled employees that legal action will be taken if they illegally protest or didn’t go back to work.
Municipal workers started protesting earlier this year over alleged misuse of municipal finances.