‘Potential witnesses might feel intimidated by Mazibuko’


Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality
speaker, Mxolisi Siyonzana, believes
some witnesses might feel intimidated
by the suspended municipal manager,
Sibongile Mazibuko.
Siyonzana announced Mazibuko’s
precautionary suspension of thirty
days with full pay last Wednesday.
Her suspension follows after alleged
irregularities of millions of rand
regarding the Integrated Public
Transport Network (IPTN) system, the
Pine Haven project and Lourier Park
Siyonzana insisted that the decision
taken at a special council meeting
in Bloemfontein was not a hearing
for Mazibuko. She was given seven
days by council to provide reasons
why she shouldn’t be suspended.
Siyonzana, however, explained
that Mazibuko had provided an
apology letter that indicated family
responsibilities, attendance of meetings
and a conference.
“The council indicated that it wasn’t
a hearing. It is a suspension to give
an opportunity for an investigation
to be conducted. She will return after
the finality of this investigation. The
fear is that, should she remain within
Mangaung, some potential witnesses
might feel intimidated and not come
forward,” he said.
Siyonzana announced Tankiso Mae
as the acting municipal manager until
completion of the investigations.
However, the municipality already had
an acting municipal manager, George
Mohlakoana, who was allegedly
appointed by Mazibuko to act on her
An external investigator, Indira 
Kooverjee Incorporated, last week
started with its own investigations that
will continue for thirty days and an ad
hoc committee is conducting its own
investigation. Siyonzana alluded that
the external company doesn’t have any
close relationship with the municipality.
Mayoral spokesperson, Lele Mamatu,
said Mayor Thabo Manyoni is expected
to be briefed this week by both the
leadership of council and the ANC
about Mazibuko’s suspension before he
will release a formal statement.
– Refilwe Gaeswe