Council manager damned in report

WHEN suspended Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was informed that he was being investigated, he instructed an IT service provider to reformat his company laptop.

WHEN suspended Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was informed that he was being investigated, he instructed an IT service provider to reformat his company laptop.

This is part of the information contained in the council's 100-page findings on the alleged misconduct probe against Dladla, who held the second most powerful position in the Nelspruit municipality.

According to the findings, between January 29 and February 1 2008, information copied from Dladla's laptop to the municipal server was deleted from the main server.

The council found Dladla guilty of deliberately and unlawfully interfering in and obstructing the investigations the council was carrying out against him.

He was also found guilty of attempting to destroy property belonging to the council.

On these charges, Dladla was found guilty of defeating and obstructing the ends of justice, alternatively gross insubordination, a breach to obey a reasonable and lawful instructions of the council.

A further alternative charge was a breach of his fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of the council.

Dladla's problems started in 2007. He appointed Differ Mogale as provincial co-ordinator for the 2010 Fifa World Cup when he allegedly did not have the authority to do so.

Sowetan reported last week that Dladla was found guilty of instructing the 2010 bid adjudication and evaluation committee to change their recommendations.

The committee found that Dladla used his position as municipal manager to have the Mbombela Stadium Joint Venture appointed as the preferred bidder to build the 2010 Mbombela Stadium and to exclude all or most of the other recommended bidders and conditions.

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