Tshwane City Manager Moeketsi Mosola. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency/ANA
Tshwane City Manager Moeketsi Mosola. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency/ANA

AG's report could mark end for Moeketsi Mosola

By Kennedy.Mudzuli Time of article published Nov 19, 2018

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THE latest revelation by the auditor-general that the awarding of the controversial R12 billion GladAfrica contract was irregular may give the DA-led administration ammunition to show city manager Dr Moeketsi Mosola the exit door.

The leaked preliminary report by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu made damning findings that are pretty much the same as those of law-firm Bowman.

The auditor-general found, among other things, that the GladAfrica contract award was non-compliant with Regulation 32. It was also found that the City procured beyond the scope and terms and conditions of the original contract the service provider had with the Development Bank of Southern Africa. The interim report further confirmed that the awarding of the tender was irregular. Crucially, Makwetu noted that there was inadequate segregation of duties due to the fact that Mosola was the initiator of the process.

The leaked report made it clear that from the start the city manager was hellbent on appointing GladAfrica by hook or by crook to manage the City’s infrastructure projects.

The auditor-general gave Mosola five days to provide documentary evidence and clarification upon receipt of the report if he disagreed with the preliminary findings. He has also been asked to provide the Bowman report.

The irony of it is that Mosola claimed not to have seen the Bowman report when he approached the Labour Court late last month to interdict the release of the preliminary findings of the law firm into the investigation it conducted on the award of the Glad- Africa contract.

A logical question to be asked is: why would Mosola run to court to block the tabling of a report in council which he said he had not seen.

The next episode in this chapter will be the most crucial; it had been previously speculated that Mosola enjoys the support of the EFF caucus in council.

A few months ago when Msimanga convened a special council sitting with a view to suspend Mosola, he was slapped with a motion of no confidence from the EFF caucus.

If this is the case, one cannot help but feel that Msimanga’s hands are tied in this regard, and that the mayor cannot act on Mosola because the threat by the EFF to pull the plug on co-operating with the DA is hanging over his head.

Put all these matters together - and it does not come as a surprise that the 2017/2018 Quality of Life Survey found that the City performed poorly in terms of delivery of basic services.

Mudzuli is Pretoria News assistant editor. He writes in a personal capacity.

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