This follows a judgment in favour of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell in the Western Cape in a case brought by the Bitou council, said the Department of Local Government in the Western Cape.
Bredell’s spokesperson, James-Brent Styan, said the council wanted to prevent a Section 106 intervention by the MEC into the dealings of the municipality following 11 different serious allegations of misconduct.
He said these included an allegation of the establishment of “ghost companies” clandestinely run by municipal officials which performed non-existent contracts for the municipality.
Bredell said: “The judge found that there are a number of serious complaints levelled at the municipality and its staff, particularly involving employees located within the mayor’s office. The judge stated that each complaint was sufficiently serious to warrant forensic investigation.”