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May 07
Disciplinary processes related to the Manase Report

Statement by City Manager, Mr Sbu Sithole.
 
On the 26 February 2012 Council took a decision to proceed with disciplinary action against Senior Managers reporting to the City Manager. Consultation has already taken place with the affected individuals, except one who is currently indisposed, around this process.
 
In this regard, Advocate Van Niekerk has been appointed as Evidence Leader and Mr Philani Shangase, a Labour Lawyer, has been appointed Presiding Officer.
The position at this stage is that nobody has resigned or had any of their services terminated. Council believes that all affected individuals must be subjected to fair and unbiased disciplinary processes and they must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
 
We want to reiterate that no one will be given any favours in this process and that all officials will be treated equally. Therefore, any insinuations that may be created that no one will face the music in relation to the Manase findings are completely unfounded.
 
The public should note that disciplinary processes for officials reporting to the City Manager are handled differently from the normal procedures regulated by collective bargaining agreements.
 
Council also took note that there are issues related to the contract of employment of Mr Derek Naidoo, Deputy City Manager: Procurement and Infrastructure, that is unique in that it expired in 2007 and he has continued to work for the Municipality on a month-to-month contract basis. Failure to deal with this matter may not have been Mr Naidoo’s fault. As such we are creating space to also formally discuss this issue with Mr Naidoo.
 
We appeal to the media not to sensationalise and speculate on issues that are unfounded but rather await processes to unfold. Such speculation may negatively affect families of individuals affected.

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