THEN-eThekwini city manager
Pregasen Govender, who says he was dismissed as deputy head of IT in the municipality after uncovering irregular city contracts, made the allegation during the second day of the court's hearing his case against the municipality.
He said that in
"He did not take the names of people involved, dates or times. He just drew trees and leaves. He was kind of mocking me."
Govender - who was appointed the city's deputy head of networking, electronics and telecommunications in
He said the irregular payments had been approved by the then-head of IT,
Govender said that following his meeting with Sutcliffe, a meeting was held in then-Speaker
He said that after he went through the allegations of corruption again with the city manager, in the presence of Peer, Sutcliffe handed him a letter expressing the intention to suspend him.
"He was basically threatening me," Govender said, adding that he was not suspended during this period.
He said that despite all the documents and e-mails he provided alleging corruption in his department, Sutcliffe did not take any action.
"As the accounting officer he was obliged to take action. Nothing whatsoever happened. Not a single employee was charged and payments (to
Govender said that four months into his job, and after he had queried the irregular payments, he began being victimised. He was not invited to meetings, he was not allowed to have a secretary and his budget was taken away from him. He said Subban would swear at him in meetings.
He stumbled on a letter proposing that his position be outsourced. This led to his writing an e-mail to senior officials in the municipality.
Govender said that in
Pack and leave
When he returned to work in May, he e-mailed Sutcliffe to ask about the progress made in the investigation into his corruption allegations.
Four days later he received an e-mail from Sutcliffe's secretary with an attachment informing him of the intention to suspend him.
Later that day, a human resources representative came to his office and told him to pack his things and leave his laptop and access card behind, Govender said.
He was paid for the month of May, but when he failed to receive a salary in June, he queried this and was told he had been dismissed. It was the first time he had been told of the decision to dismiss him.
"I was shocked. I didn't even get an opportunity to testify at my own hearing."
The case continues today.
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