Municipality does about-turn on 2010 coordinator

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

After being suspended for a second time and summoned to appear before a disciplinary hearing for misconduct, the Mpumalanga 2010 World Cup coordinator, Differ Mogale, is back in the hot seat.

The Mbombela municipality in Nelspruit confirmed that Mogale's suspension had been lifted and that the disciplinary hearing which was to take place next week had been cancelled.

Municipality spokesman Vusi Sibiya said Mogale was reinstated on Monday following a council resolution.

Sibiya could, however, not give reasons for the decision, saying he did not have full details.

Mogale was suspended last month for allegedly contravening council regulations.

He allegedly caused conflict between the municipality and the community of Matsafeni Trust where the Mbombela 2010 World Cup Stadium will be built.

It is alleged the land was bought illegally from land claim beneficiaries for only R1.

Mogale allegedly signed an agreement with the community that they would benefit from the stadium and from shopping centres that would be built on their land.

The council said Mogale did not have the authority to conclude such deals. Only the municipal manager had that power. The municipality has since repudiated the sale.

"I am back at work and all charges against me have been scrapped," Mogale said yesterday.

"A disciplinary hearing which was to take place on Monday has also been cancelled," he added.

Mogale was appointed coordinator for the 2010 World Cup in November last year on a five-year contract. But he was fired two months later after the municipality claimed that municipal manager Justice Dladla had breached procedures when he appointed him.

Mogale took the matter to the labour court alleging unfair dismissal and won.

The court nullified the council's decision and said Mogale's removal did not constitute termination of his contract.