The ANC and EFF are at loggerheads with the DA over the appointment of a new city manager for Tshwane over conflict of interest. The ANC and EFF said while Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa wanted the city to part ways with the controversial and former city manager Dr Moeketsi Mosola, appointing the city’s chief auditor executive to act in his place was wrong.
During the council meeting held last night in Tshwane house, The EFF continued to abstain from the process of appointing the acting city manager.
Kgosi Maepa, the Leader of the ANC caucus said “The ANC in Tshwane knows that a chief audit executive of the City should remain independent. The appointment of Ntsimane goes against acceptable international standards of the independence of the internal audit function, this is an important component of good clean governance.
Maepa also said “It is our view as the ANC that the internal audit function in the City of Tshwane should always be independent and objective in performing its work. We consider objectivity to be an unbiased mental attitude that allows internal auditors to perform their engagements in such a manner that their work product is unquestionable and the quality is not compromised.”
He also said “The appointment of Ntsimane undermines the latter principle of objectivity. “This is because Ntsimane is the same person who dealt with audit reports associated with the COO James Murphy when he was nominated in July 2019 by council to be the acting city manager.”
Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa said the ANC and EFF were made aware that there was no conflict of interest because an acting chief auditor executive while Ntsimane would be acting as city manager. He said the City bought Mosola’s two and five months contract for him to part ways with and the ANC should not twist this and call it a “golden handshake”.