By Otto Ngoveni
The Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) Council has, with effect from the 19th October 2018 resolved to dismiss its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Risimati Hittler Maluleke during a special council seating.
The dismissal follows the council’s decision on 11th May 2018 to place the Chief Financial Officer and Director, Technical Services on precautionary suspension pending representation on why should council does not continue with their precautionary suspension.
Greater Giyani Municipality spokesperson, Steven Mavunda said, the council met again on the 25th May 2018 and resolved that the Chief Financial Officer’s precautionary suspension continue as per initial resolution after he failed to make representation.
“The Council appointed an independent investigator to investigate allegations of misconduct against the Chief Financial Officer.” Said Mavunda
He went on to say, “Amongst other the charges relates to his involvement in the infamous VBS investment scandal and authorization of payments for work not done.”
The investigator tabled the report before a special council that took place on the 29th June 2018. Subsequently council resolved that disciplinary proceedings be instituted against the Chief Financial Officer and Technical Director. However, Technical Services Director resigned at the beginning of the disciplinary hearing.
The Chief Financial Officer was found guilty as charged for all 19 charges pressed against him. As a result dismissal sanction was imposed on him and confirmed by the council with effect from the 19th October 2018.
This council resolution also authorises the Municipal Manager to amongst other things:
Ensure that the council resolution is implemented.
To issue and serve the letter of termination of services on the Chief Financial Officer.
To take all steps to recover the monies or costs due to the municipality, including but not limited to, obtaining legal advice, instructing attorneys and advocates to represent the council, deposing to affidavits etc.. to ensure that the interests of council are protected.
To take all steps necessary to ensure that any litigation which may arise regarding this council resolution or implementation thereof be defended.
“Council hopes that this action will send a strong warning to all those officials and members of council who might think of participating in corrupt and illegal activities that deprive people of the much needed services.” Concluded Mavunda.