Gloves are off in Tshwane over Mosola's 'improper' awarding of tender
The Tshwane metro’s special council dealing with claims of impropriety against municipal manager, Moeketsi Mosola, has heated up as the opposition push for the matter to be discussed in public.
This comes after Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga had tabled the preliminary report recommending that Mosola be suspended pending the investigation into allegations of impropriety in the awarding of a R12-billion tender to consultancy firm Glad Africa.
The mayor recommended that the discussion be heard in committee, without the presence of the public and the media but the ANC and EFF would have none of it.
The opposition argued strongly that the issue be discussed in public as the matter of the city manager was in the public interest and that Mosola was appointed by council.
Msimanga said in matters involving the employment of senior managers, the report has to be discussed in committee as no one has been found guilty.
The mayor said he agreed that the matter was in the public interest, saying this was exactly why it was being deliberated on.
“Once the decision has been taken, it can be discussed in public. We need to protect the process,” he said.
ANC councillor Mapiti Matsena argued that the report itself can be treated with confidentiality but not the discussions on the matter.
Matsena submitted that Msimanga’s proposal not approved and that the matter be discussed in public.
Before briefly adjourning the sitting to seek legal advice on how to proceed with the matter, speaker Katlego Mathebe granted the DA five minutes caucus to deliberate.
She said regulation states that the reporting of financial misconduct in matters involving senior managers, it must be ensured that person reported is treated in a confidential manner.
“As speaker, I cannot allow us to do things in the manner not consistent with regulation,” Mathebe said.
The speaker is yet to make a determination on how to proceed but the council sitting has degenerated into a screaming contest, with opposition councillors, EFF and ANC occasionally singing and banging their fists on the desks.