Ex-Polokwane boss resigns

FORMER Polokwane municipal manager Letsepe Thubakgale has formally resigned from his position.

Thubakgale tendered his resignation on February 16 but it was only accepted by council on February 25.

The embattled manager had been at loggerheads with executive mayor Thabo Makunyane after allegations of failing to implement council resolutions.

He was suspended in May last year after he was accused of spending money for the International Convention Centre without the council's approval.

But according to Thubakgale, the R86million in question was spent on planning for the convention centre and expenditure records were there for everybody to peruse.

Among other things, he was accused of appointing an expensive company to deliver photocopying machines for the municipality, which led to a stand-off between him and Makunyane.

Thubakgale had served half of his five-year contract, which started in July 2007, and had been in a bitter legal battle with the municipality to retain his position.

He said yesterday he felt it would be in the best interest of both parties (himself and the municipality) to part ways.

Municipal spokes-person Simon Mo-koatedi yesterday confirmed Thubakgale's resignation.