Polokwane Municipality has agreed on a settlement to part ways with its Municipal Manager Connie Mametja on Friday.
Mametja’s departure would be treated as a resignation and follows her suspension that became effective just over two weeks ago.
According to Tidimalo Chuene, Communications and Marketing Manager of the municipality, council resolved to settle the matter to avoid protracted disciplinary proceedings and huge legal costs associated with the disciplinary proceedings and further to bring stability to the municipality.
“The terms of the settlement are confidential and will only be disclosed by the municipality to appropriate authorities in discharging its reporting duties. It should further be noted that the independent investigation that was ordered by Council would still continue for the benefit of Council as it wants to learn from previous mistakes and strengthen the administration,” Chuene said.
In accepting Mametla’s resignation, the municipality has waived its rights to proceed with disciplinary action in terms of legislation that are applicable to current employees of a municipality only.
Should the investigation that is envisaged, reveal that a criminal offence was committed by any person and charges are pressed with the Police, criminal prosecution could still be instituted against any serving or former official.