Mayor Tshwana Solly Msimanga on Thursday will ask the advice of the capital city to notify about the intention to suspend the work of city manager Moeketsi Mosola, not for defeating Gladskaya Africa, but for a new set of allegations of misconduct.
During a briefing on Wednesday at Tshwana House in the CBD, Msimanga told reporters that because the news about the tender in Glad Africa had broken, Mosola had committed acts that increase the level of illegal behavior.
In August, claims appeared about uneven bidding, which led to the creation of the engineering company GladAfrica, concluded with the R12bn contract with the city of Tshwane, to provide support for project management for the city.
In September, Msimanga brought charges of offenses related to the appointment of Glad-Africa to the role of city manager in the council. An independent investigation was sanctioned, but Mosola was not suspended by the council.
A report from Bowmans law firm was to be submitted to the council, but it was terminated by the Labor Court after it filed an application filed by Mosola to prohibit the publication of the report.
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The auditor general also investigated the tender and, according to Msimanga, made some stunning preliminary conclusions regarding the role that the city manager played in the appointment of Glad Africa, including that the contract is very irregular.
Alleged violations of the municipal code of conduct
“This is part of the annual assessment of the financial condition of the city (auditor) AG. Until AG completes its report, I will refrain from any premature statements in this regard, ”said Mimanga on Wednesday.
Msimanga added that he would not make further statements on the lawsuit regarding the Bowmans report, since this issue is subordinate. He said that he was awaiting a court date in order to present arguments and a subsequent legal determination allowing him to bring an investigation report on the appointment of Glades Africa to the council.
Mosola denied allegations of wrongdoing and said that during the competition all processes were respected.
Since Misimanga’s attempt to suspend Mosola in September, the city’s manager allegedly violated the code of conduct for municipal employees through several acts, the mayor said.
These alleged violations include the fact that Mosola did not fulfill the functions of its office in good faith, in good faith, honestly and transparently; biased his office, administration and its effectiveness; and abused his position in the municipality to harm the interests of political parties.
In addition, MSimanga argues that Mosola used its position and privileges for personal gain.
Msimanga added that Mosola made public remarks about the political nature against him, the council and political parties that are wrong and harm the interests of the affected officials, their offices and political parties.
Managers suspended for refusing to "play ball"
"[Mosola] public charges of criminal behavior against a political party in the municipal council and, consequently, a committee of the city mayor’s office, charges that he could not refuse, substantiate, inform the competent authorities or otherwise act in a lawful manner, despite the possibility and / or [being] prompted to do it, ”said Mimanga.
Msimanga said the city manager had several senior managers in the city suspended.
“It is alleged that this happened because these managers abandoned the“ game ball ”in relation to Glad-Africa. He also used the resources of the city more than once, including for holding press conferences, to blacken the council and me.
“In an effort to ensure stability and focus on the provision of services, the council should diligently apply its approach to my request and put into action the intention to suspend if we want to bring Tshwana back,” said Mimanga.
Earlier in November, Mosola filed a complaint against Msimanga and the DA administration for allegedly leaking the preliminary report of the council for the tender GladAfrica.
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“The preliminary council report was maliciously leaked to the Sunday Times and City Press newspapers by the executive mayor and the DA, as they were the only ones who got it from their lawyer minions, Bowmans,” Mosola said at the time,
Mosola said he believes that it is reasonable, fair, and in the spirit of the rule of law, the speaker of the council Katlate Matebe speeds up the investigation. He added that he would fight and resist any act of "lawlessness and / or illegality."