Chaotic start to Tshwane's special council to discuss the future of its city manager

20 August 2019 - 12:08
By Isaac Mahlangu
A view of the City of Tshwane, from Freedom Park.
Image: SUNDAY TIMES A view of the City of Tshwane, from Freedom Park.

A special council meeting requested  by Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa to discuss the future of the  metro city's manager got to a chaotic start on Tuesday.

Mokgalapa is seeking council approval to revoke the appointment of Chief Operations officer, James Murphy as the acting accounting officer.

The EFF dirsupted the meeting labelling it illegal and demanded to "know first" who was currently acting city manager.

This comes after a council meeting resolved last month that it would part ways with embattled outgoing city manager Moeketsi Mosola and replaced him with Murphy on July 31.

However, Mosola was yet to agree separation terms with the city.

Mokgalapa told council that he had come across an Auditor General's report which its recommendations were against the council's decison to appoint Murphy.

Murphy was however cleared by the city's internal audit chief earlier this month who indicated that the AG's report which Mokgalapa was relying on had been withdrawn.

"The reason we are here today is, in light of this information, for council to reconsider the resolution to appoint Mr James Murphy as acting city manager," Mokgalapa said.

Speaker Katlego Mathebe asked members of the media and officials to leave the council chambers as Mokgalapa will be presenting his reports in committee.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Tshwane, which held a press conference ahead of the council meeting, accused the DA of attempting to install a "Mosola's puppet" as the city manager.

"The ANC will read the report to be presented by the executive mayor and consider reasons provided," said Kgosi Maepa, ANC's Tshwane chairperson.

Maepa said as a result of crisis over the position of city manager, the city faces a possibility that all contracts signed by current acting manager Lorrette Trudoux, who wears appointed by Mosola, would be illegal.

The special council meeting is underway in camera.