Dladla case stalls again

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The judgment in the case of unfair labour practice against Mpumalanga's Mbombela Municipality was yesterday postponed until further notice - because the court needed more time.

It is the second time that the Johannesburg labour court has postponed the case brought by municipal manager Jacob Dladla against his bosses.

Last Friday the case was postponed as lawyers representing Mbombela needed more time to study the case.

This was after Dladla, who was last week served with a letter placing him on compulsory leave, went to court to appeal against the council's decision.

In November last year, Dladla defied a council decision that put him on compulsory leave after an investigation was instituted against him.

The embattled municipal manager was served with another letter last week, forcing him to go on leave until March 15.

The council had earlier resolved that Dladla be placed on leave until January 31 while an investigation of mismanagement against him was undertaken.

But the municipal mayor, Justice Ntsibande, refused to sign the letter and Dladla continued with his duties. The letter has since been signed by deputy mayor Nnaki Ndlovu.

Sowetan yesterday learnt that Dladla's forced leave has been converted into a suspension.

The details were still sketchy by late yesterday.

Dladla's accusationsarose from last year's allegations which included his alleged appointment of provincial 2010 Soccer World Cup coordinator Differ Mogale without authority.

The council ruled that Dladla had irregularly appointed Mogale to his R480000 a year post, and that he failed to exercise proper oversight over payments to various 2010 contractors.

Mogale was fired after serving only two months of his five-year contract, but the ANC intervened and he was brought back to the hot seat.