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Corporate services head's fate will be decided today

By Russel Molefe | 2012-03-16 12:24:53.0

THE Mogalakwena municipality in Mokopane, Limpopo, will convene a special council meeting today to pass a resolution to dismiss corporate services manager Henry Thobejane.

Sowetan was reliably told that the meeting would held following instructions from the ANC in the Waterberg region that Thobejane be relieved of his duties because he was probably a catalyst in the power struggle that has left governance at the municipality in a near state of collapse.

Though sources earlier yesterday indicated that Thobejane had resigned with immediate effect, Thobejane said he "will be guided by the ANC on what to do".

He added: "It's not true that I have resigned. I will be guided by the movement on what to do."

He said he would call Sowetan with more information, but failed to do so.

Thobejane allegedly compiled a dossier about his battles with his municipal manager Willie Kekana and submitted it to the ANC. In it, he wrote about events leading to his suspension and a subsequent recommendation by a disciplinary committee to dismiss him last year.

But the recommendation was rejected by the municipal council and Thobejane was reinstated.

In the dossier Thobejane allegedly said Kekana was harassing him. He questioned the "excessive" payments of more than R2-million to a law firm and Kekana's employment contract back in 2009. The contract, Thobejane stated, should have been for the remaining term of office of councillors or plus an additional year after the election of the next council.

In 2009, Thobejane, who held the same position , Kekana and other candidates were interviewed for the municipal manager's post. Kekana, who was chief director for health, was appointed.

Insiders said it has now been found that Thobejane was not honest in the dossier and had misled the ANC.

Kekana said yesterday that advertisements for municipal posts were handled by Thobejane's department. He said the advert for municipal manager stated clearly that the contract was for five years.

"Thobejane also went for interviews knowing this fact. Would he have raised the employment contract had he been appointed municipal manager?" Kekana asked, refusing to elaborate because the matter is still to be heard in the Pretoria High Court.