Mayor Jeremiah Ngobeni. 
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Legal action mooted against Bela-Bela mayor and local council


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Former Bela-Bela Local Municipality CFO Simon Ngomane has filed a formal notice to institute legal action against Mayor Jeremiah Ngobeni.

The threatened legal proceedings were a sequel to recent interviews for the positions of municipal manager and corporate services manager, held last December.

In his letter, Ngomane alleged certain senior personnel positions had been allegedly filled outsisde of normal procedure.

The municipality has been subject to acting managers and heads of departments for a period of time.

Permanent positions for the post of municipal manager, corporate services, economic development and communications were advertised early last year.

According to his notice, Ngomane has an issue with the way council allegedly failed to comply with relevant legislation and regulations regarding recruitment, selection and appointment of senior managers.

Ngomane claims that the council’s decision to appoint their preferred candidate for municipal manager was not made in accordance with legislation and regulations. 

He further claimed that the appointed person did not meet the minimum academic and competency requirements.

Ngomane further claimed that the candidate for corporate services was not on the list of candidates interviewed in December and was allegedly “parachuted” into the position.

DA councillor, Tinus Ras, said procedure was not correctly followed, that it was worrisome and it would cost the municipality to fight this case in court.

“The municipal manager candidate in question was a contractor of the municipality who did a storm water project in the Bela-Bela Township. In August last year, as we understand, he left as a shareholder of the company who received the contract, but he remained the subcontractor,” Ras said.

“If he was appointed as a contractor to the municipality, then he should have been automatically disqualified for the position of the municipal manager as per legislation. Notwithstanding the fact that the work done on the storm water project was below average,” he added.

Kabelo Mosito, municipal spokesperson, said the municipality had acknowledged receipt of the formal notice.

Mosito said the recruitment process might appear to be over, but was not.

“We are still awaiting comments from the MEC for Cooperative government, human settlements and traditional affairs (CoGHSTA) in the province as per legislation of the local government systems act and its regulation on appointments and conditions of appointments of senior managers,” said Mosito.

29 days ago       28 March 2018