A view of the City of Tshwane, from Freedom Park. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
A view of the City of Tshwane, from Freedom Park. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

A special council meeting in Tshwane on Wednesday resolved to serve city manager Moeketsi Mosola with a notice of the metro’s intention to suspend him over an irregular contract.

Mosola now has seven days to give reasons why he should not be suspended pending an independent investigation into allegations of procurement irregularities against him and senior city officials, mayor Solly Msimanga said in a statement.

The intention to suspend Mosola was in relation to a tender granted to engineering consultants GladAfrica which would have managed the city’s infrastructure budget over a three-year period. The tender was worth an estimated R12bn.

The Sunday Times reported recently that the deal with GladAfrica guaranteed the engineering company at least 10% in middleman commissions for managing the city’s entire capital expenditure projects budget, including the likes of the city’s A Re Yeng bus rapid system.

At the council meeting, the DA, its coalition partners and the ANC voted for the precautionary suspension.

The EFF declined its support by walking out.

“The city manager has seven days to make written representations to council on why his suspension should not proceed after prima facie evidence has emerged in his submissions that he unlawfully concluded a contract,” Msimanga said.

The implication was that the city “now faces serious financial risk which could run in excess of hundreds of millions of rand” which the council would endeavour to deal with.