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durbanIOL News reports that eThekwini Municipality head of electricity, Maxwell Mthembu has been issued a notice of intention to suspend and ordered to vacate his office.

Mthembu is under investigation for allegedly failing to obey an instruction to issue dismissal letters to staff from his unit who took part in the recent protracted strike action by workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu). According to the letter, Mthembu is accused of giving misleading and contradicting information to a city councillor that the strike was still on, directly contradicting the City Manager's media briefing that the strike was over. "(You) also contradicted the information you presented at one of the teleconference meetings with other unit heads that your employees are back at work, which is tantamount to sabotage," the letter states. Mbhele said he had reasonable cause to believe that Mthembu might jeopardise the investigation into the allegations of misconduct or commit further acts of misconduct. Meanwhile, DA councillor Sakhile Mngadi said if the allegations were true, the City should act harshly on the implicated person. "People are losing money, jobs and food because of the continued chaos. Having him suspended with pay is a slap in the face of residents. The DA has long been calling for Maxwell's removal from the City," he stated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Se-Anne Rall at IOL News

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