JOHANNESBURG – The City of Joburg’s former MMC for Environmental Affairs, Anthony Still, says it is not legally possible for the City to suspend the Chief Executive Officer of City Power.
Still was fired after he clashed with Mayor Herman Mashaba, with the Mayor saying the two had a difference of opinion on how to tackle corruption.
The fallout comes after Mashaba’s decision to launch an investigation into City Power, after he received several allegations about multi-billion rand irregular tender tenders.
Mashaba apparently ordered Still to suspend City Power Sicelo Xulu, but Still said he told the mayor that only the board can take that decision.
“The board of City Power did push back and the chairman of the board, Frank Chikane, said ‘we will ask Sicelo [Xulu] to respond to the allegations and based on that response we will decide whether to suspend him’. Basically, it’s not possible in the law for the mayor to suspend, or require me to suspend the MD,” Still said.
Still has been quoted as saying Mashaba fired him in an act of revenge.
Meanwhile, the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has slammed Still’s removal.
According to the union the mayor has had a rampant approach in dealing with issues within the city
SAMWU believes Mashaba constantly fails to consult with others, and instead, takes illegal decisions.