19 March 2018 Read: 53
The municipal manager for the Maruleng Local Municipality (MLM), Peter Lerole has finally released himself from his duties just when his 14 days suspension lapsed. The move was described by opposition parties as the actions of someone who wants to flee from the law. It is reported that he resigned at the time opposition parties in the municipality were demanding that he be suspended and charged with misconduct.
Spokesperson for one of the opposition parties in the council, the Civic Warriors Movement (CWM), Jerry Morema, said though they are relieved that at last Lerole has left his duties, they are concerned he left at the time he was due to face disciplinary measures in the council. He was due to be grilled by the council for increasing his salary as well as issuing a cleaning tender against the instruction of the council.
“The municipal manager agreed to be gi-ven the sum of R947 000 per year but instead increased his salary to R 1, 2 million per year without the approval of the council. We also, during a council sitting ordered him to buy a waste removal truck worth R579 000, but he decided to appoint a service provider to the tune of R18 million without informing the council,” said Morema.
“During a council sitting last week we asked the mayor to send Lerole a letter asking why he should not be suspended given the nature of the charges he faced. The Mayor sent her driver to deliver the letter to him. When we approached the driver to know how he delivered the letter he told us that the mayor told them not to send the letter. He resigned when we were to deliver the letter to him on our own,” he added.
The municipal manager was suspended in February for 14 days following the special sitting of the council and the matter was subsequently reported to the Hawks for investigations. Morema said that now that there is proof that something went nasty with the cleaning contract. They are going to push for the contract to be terminated and that a new truck to collect waste should be purchased.
At the time of going to print the Maruleng municipality could not comment as the matter is before the courts.