Stellenbosch Municipality denies claims of corruption amid Hawks investigation

Stellenbosch Municipality said the appointment of Annalene de Beer met all procedural and substantial legal requirements.
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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) also known as the Hawks is investigating how a senior director on the Stellenbosch Municipality was awarded a 10 year contract instead of the standard five year one.

A Stellenbosch councillor, Franklin Adams of the Democratic New Civic Association approached the Hawks and claimed the municipality’s director of corporate services Annalene de Beer received a 10 year contract for the position in the DA run council.

Adams maintains that it’s a case of maladministration in the municipality.The councillor said he had been making queries to the council about the contract, but council officials had not given him a clear answer despite having raised the issue several times over the past couple of years.

The lack of answers propelled Adams to ask the Hawks to investigate.

However in response to the query, Stellenbosch Municipality said the appointment of Annalene de Beer met all procedural and substantial legal requirements.

The municipality claims the advertisement for the post clearly indicated a term of five years or longer for the successful candidate. Council approved the appointment and did not place any limit on the term that could be negotiated. The Local Government MEC also approved the appointment, as is required by legislation.

Municipal communications manager Stuart Grobbelaar said the regulations on the appointment of senior managers, in terms of the Municipal Systems Act, allowed for permanent contracts or longer-term contracts up until age of 65 and longer, if approved by the national minister for section 56 managers.

Grobbelaar said the 10 year period is not illegal or even out of the ordinary for section 56 managers.

Grobbelaar said the continued defamatory claims made against De Beer by the councillor were unfounded and vindictive attempts used in a deliberate smear campaign against her and the municipality .

More: Cape Argus

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