THE newly-established Malamulele municipality in Limpopo continue to be embroiled in controversy with allegations of senior officials fighting over lucrative contracts.
Council speaker Elvis Lebeya this week threw out of the window allegations that he ganged against former municipal manager Dick Mushwana after he refused to guarantee him a three year-security tender.
Mushwana was deployed as the municipal manager by Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs MEC Makoma Makhurupetje to establish governance structures in the new municipality. However, he was removed after five months by the municipal council.
Lebeya said he has never seen a tender advertisement since the municipality was officially launched.
“Since the inception of that municipality there was never a tender advertised. Even today I have never seen a tender advertised. He (Mushwana) was not even fired, but requested to go to back to his department (of cooperative governance, human settlement and traditional affairs).There is no individual who dealt with that man, it was only the councillors,” Lebenya added.
Referring further enquiries to mayor Joyce Bila, Lebenya added: “These allegations levelled against me are totally out of order. It is a personal vendetta.”
The municipality has not yet advertised the tenders. However, sources revealed that it was a well-known secret among the councillors that there was a number of tenders line-up and some councillors have been positioning themselves to get them once advertised.
Another source said: “Elvis Lebeya asked to be guaranteed that he will awarded a three-year security tender, but Mushwana refused. Chief Whip Chauke Miyelani wanted projects that were going to come from SITA. Chauke even went to Mushwana’s office with two white men to confirm whether he was going to award them the SITA projects.
“In the letter that they gave him for his removal, it was stated that he was arrogant. Talk to EFF and DA in the municipality they will tell you. He was not corrupt. Mavhikani wanted general tenders,” close source said.
Miyelani has also denied that he positioned himself for a lucrative State Information and Technology Agency (SITA) projects in the municipality. He dismissed the allegations as “null and void”
“I know that there was a decision that was taken collectively – I was included – that he (Mushwana) must be removed. If you want everything that led to his removal you must call the mayor. I have never talked to him about SITA projects,” Miyelani said.
Head of the portfolio committee on technical services, Simon Mavhikani has also been implicated. It was alleged that when councillors were inducted in Tzaneen, head of portfolio committee on community services Harry Chauke used one car with Mavhikani but they both claimed transportation money from the municipality.
Mavhikani said: “If it is about municipal issues, then talk to the political head. You can talk to the mayor. It is not expensive to talk to her take on your phone and her”.
The municipality is set to be hold job interviews for all senior positions in administration at SALGA offices in Polokwane this week