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tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that Tshwane's City manager, Johan Mettler, has sought to dispel perceptions that a targeted purge of senior managers was taking place.

On Monday, Mettler indicated in a statement that it had come to his attention that municipal employees were of the view that there might be a "blacklist" targeting certain managers. This perception seemingly followed the precautionary suspension of five senior officials in connection with the awarding of the Rooiwal tender to a company linked to controversial businessman Edwin Sodi. Mettler wrote: "Let me be quite clear with you. There is no such thing, and I want to state, emphatically, that my job here is to establish and to manage a rules-based organisation. So, all the decisions that we do, those decisions that we make, must be lawful. Those decisions must be within the confines of one's job description and it must always be in the best interest of the municipality where staff members operate outside of those parameters. That is when irregular expenditure will be incurred."   Mettler said he was obligated, by law, to investigate and to recover such irregular expenditure. He added that the vast majority of staff were honest, hardworking and ethical officials. Last week, it was reported that the five senior managers accused of flouting processes in the awarding of the Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant tender were found not guilty on three of the four charges after a disciplinary hearing. On Saturday, the City announced that the employees had been placed on paid precautionary suspension. "The City strenuously disagrees with the outcome of the disciplinary process and has resolved to appeal the entire outcome of the disciplinary process at the Labour Court," Tshwane's spokesperson, Selby Bokaba explained.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Alex Mitchley at News24

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