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gavel thumb100 Moneyweb reports that the North West High Court has ordered the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District (DRSMD) Municipal Council, its speaker and mayor to foot the court bill for unlawfully suspending the municipal manager, Jerry Mononela, after claiming he was guilty of financial misconduct.

“What’s interesting about this case is that the high court judge awarded punitive costs against the mayor, the municipal speaker and the municipal council,” commented Mandla Mpempe of the Centre for Good Governance and Social Justice. Mpempe went on to say: “This is not the first time that public officials have been held accountable for wasting public funds by bringing frivolous or vexatious cases before the courts … But this judgment sends a welcome and powerful signal to public officials across the country that the days of using public funds to wage their personal political battles are coming to an end. They will be held liable for the costs in their personal capacities.” The court ruled that Mononela had been unlawfully placed on precautionary suspension on 22 February 2021, without being given adequate time to defend himself. He was placed on suspension by Mayor Kgalalelo Sereko, without a council resolution, which was supplied after the fact without hearing representations from Mononela. All this happened just days after the previous executive mayor was removed from office by the municipal council by way of resolution. Three days later, newly-appointed mayor Sereko removed the municipal manager and issued a statement claiming the suspension was as a result of an advance payment to R16.1 million to a certain company and for “failure to prepare budget adjustments”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ciaran Ryan at Moneyweb

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