The DA welcomes the investigation by the MEC of Local Government into the R3 million legal payout bonanza by the Makana Municipality to its Municipal Manager, Dr. Pravine Naidoo, and the deployment of a multi-disciplinary team to the municipality to intervene in various issues.
The payout to Dr. Naidoo was apparently authorised by the Mayor and the Speaker without the knowledge of council. It is in stark contrast to the findings of the Labour Court, which found against Dr. Naidoo and awarded costs to the municipality.
In a further twist, the municipality’s strategic manager, Mncedisi Boma authorised the payment of Dr. Naidoo’s legal costs of R800 000.
Neither payment was approved by the Makana Council.
In reply to a legislature question I asked the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, he said the department had noted “alarming issues” and that it was “extra-ordinarily odd that the municipality would be required to pay Mr. Pravine Naidoo’s legal costs in a matter where his claim was dismissed with costs, suggesting that he is the one who was actually supposed to be paying the municipality for its wasted costs”.
Qoboshiyane said his department noted the council’s intention to suspend Dr. Naidoo and that the department would assist in taking disciplinary action against him.
The department’s intervention plan in addressing Grahamstown’s ongoing water shortages, non-payment of employee salaries and general financial mismanagement and governance of the Makana Municipality is a positive step. For the reply, click here:
The Democratic Alliance has proven its capacity to govern in a clean, responsible manner. MEC Qoboshiyane has finally paid some attention to the desperate calls of the public he serves. It is hoped that he will initiate similar interventions to bring some hope to other towns suffering from poor service delivery, such as Sterkspruit, Cookhouse and Gariep.