R2.6 million from city coffers used for city manager’s legal fees in case against city

Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has requested a legal opinion to find out if the matter was handled procedurally.

City Manager Moeketsi Mosola Photo: Liam NgobeniR2.6-million from city coffers has been spent on legal costs as a result of the citymanager taking the metro to the labour court last year.

This is according to Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa in response to the ANC’s earlier statement on city funds being used to pay for legal costs in the fight the city manager had with the metro in a bid to block a report from a law firm on the GladAfrika issue.

Mokgalapa confirmed to Rekord that legal costs were indeed paid from city coffers for the city manager’s case. He said the payment of the costs was done through section 109A of the systems act on the discretion of the city’s chief legal council.

“I have requested a legal opinion on the process and also requested a policy on the matter,” he said, to find out if it was done according to procedure and the possible repercussions if it was done irregularly

He also said there was a lack of policy on how this should be done.“So far, R2.6-million has been spent on legal fees,” he said.

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