A FORMER city official has told of how he was threatened - by a senior eThekwini municipal manager - that he would lose his job if he persisted with efforts to recover R2.6 million in overpayment made to a service provider.
Pregasen Govender told the Labour Court at the start of his trial against the municipality yesterday that he had been dismissed by his superiors because he lifted the lid on some of the city's irregular contracts.
These included the R2.6 million that
Govender - who was hired as the city's deputy head of networking, electronics and telecommunications in
"At the end of that second month (
He claimed that at the meeting, which took place at
Govender said Subban had also reminded him that he was on six months' probation and that his contract would be terminated if he pursued the matter of the overpayment further.
"I cried at
"It was the first time that I heard that one could be fired for asking for funds that were overbilled," Govender told the court.
He testified that he was not deterred and reported the overpayment to the accountant who had replaced Meintjies, who had taken a job in a private firm. He said he had also reported the irregularities to the office of the ombudsman in the municipality.
He told the court that it was soon after that some of his job functions were taken away from him and outsourced to consultants.
He claimed Subban was responsible for this.
He said a consultant,
He told the court that another consultant,
This meant that singh would be responsible for getting the three quotes from different companies when the municipality put out a tender.
Singh managed this procurement process until
Govender testified that "it is irregular and corrupt for an outsider to manage the three-quote system".
He was expected to continue with his testimony today.
Govender's lawyer, advocate
This had been done because he dared to expose the "orgy of maladministration" and abuse of power by city officials, he said.
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