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Msimanga to ask Tshwane Council to suspend city manager again as new allegations emerge

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga will ask the capital city's council to issue a notice of his intention to suspend city manager Moeketsi Mosola, not for the Glad Africa debacle, but for a new set of allegations of misconduct.

During a briefing on Wednesday at Tshwane House in the CBD, Msimanga told reporters that since the news of the Glad Africa tender broke, Mosola had committed acts that raised the level of misconduct.

In August, allegations of tender irregularities led to engineering firm GladAfrica securing a R12bn contract with City of Tshwane to provide project management support to the City emerged.

In September, Msimanga brought allegations of wrongdoing concerning the Glad Africa appointment to the city's manager's part to the council. An independent investigation was authorized, but Mosola was not suspended by the council.

The Bowmans report was due to be tabled in the council, but it was stopped by the Labor Court after it granted a request brought by Mosola to interdict the filing of the report.

Read: Tshwane city manager granted urgent interdict on GladAfrica report

The Auditor General has also investigated the tender and, according to Msimanga, has made some startling preliminary findings regarding the role that the city manager has played in the appointment of Glad Africa, including that the contract is highly irregular.

Alleged contraventions of the municipal code of conduct

"Until such time as the AG completes his report, I will refrain from making any premature pronouncements in this regard," Msimanga said on Wednesday. "This is part of the AG's annual financial assessment of City's financial performance.

Msimanga added that he would not be making further pronouncements on the court process regarding the Bowmans report as the matter is sub judice. He said he was awaiting a court decision and a subsequent legal determination allowing him to bring the investigation report on the Glad Africa appointment to the council.

Mosola has denied the allegations of wrongdoing and has stated that all the procedures have been followed in awarding the tender.

Since Msimanga's attempt to have Mosola placed on suspension in September, the city manager has allegedly contravened the code of conduct for municipal staff members through several acts, the mayor said.

These alleged violations include that Mosola failed to perform the functions of his office in good faith, diligently, honestly and in a transparent manner; prejudiced his office, the administration and its efficiency; and misused his position in the municipality to prejudice the interests of political parties.

Additionally, Msimanga argues that Mosola has used his position and privileges for personal gain.

Msimanga added that Mosola has made public remarks of a political nature against him, the council and political parties that are wrong and prejudice the interests of the affected office bearers, their offices and political parties.

Managers suspended for refusing to play ball

"[Mosola] made public allegations of criminal behavior against a political party in the municipal council, and, implicitly, the mayoral committee of the City, which allegations he did not deny, substantiate, report to the competent authorities or otherwise act legally, despite being given an opportunity and / or [being] prompted to do so, "Msimanga said.

Msimanga said that the city manager has had a number of senior managers in City suspended.

"This is because these managers have refused to play ball in relation to Glad Africa. He has also used City's resources improperly more than once, including holding press conferences to defame council and myself.

"In an effort to bring stability and focus back on service delivery, the council must diligently apply its mind to my request and give effect to the intention to suspend if we are to get Tshwane back on track," Msimanga said.

Earlier in November, Mosola lodged a complaint against Msimanga and the DA administration for allegedly leaking a preliminary council report on the GladAfrica tender.

READ MORE: GladAfrica: Tshwane City manager files grievance against Msimanga

"The preliminary council report was maliciously leaked to the Sunday Times and City Press newspapers by the executive mayor and DA, as they were the only ones who received it from their henchmen lawyers – Bowman-Gilfillan (Bowmans)," Mosola said at the time .

Mosola said he believed that it was reasonable, and in the spirit of rule of law, that council speaker Katlego Mathebe expedited the investigation. He added that he would fight and stand against any act of "lawlessness and / or illegality".

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