It was a day of high drama in the Labour Court hearing of a former eThekwini municipal official yesterday when city manager S'bu Sithole was ordered to attend court by the judge after he had apparently ignored a subpoena.
Sithole had been called to testify in the hearing of the former deputy head of networks and telecommunications,
Govender, who was fired in 2010, claims false misconduct charges were used to dismiss him after he reported irregularities and corruption in the IT department of the municipal geographic information and policy office (Gipo), which was headed by
Govender wants reinstatement and compensation equivalent to two years' salary. Among the irregularities, some of which were dealt with in the Manase Report, was a duplicate payment of R2.6 million to
Yesterday Govender's advocate,
"They are not here. We have received a letter from the legal services department which states that the charge sheet we want is with the advocate handling the prosecution of the disciplinary hearing."
Disciplinary action was taken against Subban last June, based on allegations in the Manase Report.
Sithole did not testify after it was agreed that his testimony was not necessary if the municipality could provide the charge sheet.
According to the charge sheet, which was later presented to the court, Subban has been charged with "serious misconduct" for contravening supply chain management policies by allowing the duplicate payment to
The firm was paid R2.6m on
She has also been accused of irregularly awarding two contracts, which were worth more than |R27m, to H20 Networks.
Subban had awarded the work to the company without following a tender process or consulting the city's legal department.
She also has been accused of allowing the company to draw up the contracts and paying it R15m up front without any work being done.
The court heard that Subban would be called by the municipality to testify at the hearing.
Meroshnee Craig, who worked as an administrator in the geographic information and policy office, testified that she had noticed irregularities and incorrect procedures carried out by consultant
Earlier, Govender testified that Benjamin was given "carte blanche" to buy fibre-optic cables, worth several million rand, on behalf of the city, allegedly in breach of supply chain management policies.
Craig said she reported her concerns to administration manager
Under cross-examination Craig admitted that she had a strained relationship with Subban, who had been her boss, and had previously referred an unfair labour dispute for arbitration.
The hearing continues.
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