Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
2 minute read
27 Jun 2022
06:02

Applications open for those interested in joining Msunduzi’s disciplinary board on financial misconduct

Chris Ndaliso

Msunduzi is calling for applications from interested candidates who qualify to serve on the disciplinary board on financial misconduct.

Msunduzi is calling for applications from interested candidates who qualify to serve on the disciplinary board on financial misconduct.

According to the advert, applicants must be suitably qualified, experienced, competent, fit, sober, solvent and be financially literate. The appointment on the board is for three years.

Individuals who have been convicted of theft, fraud, forgery, uttering of a forged document or any other offence of which dishonesty is an element should not bother to apply. 

The advert reads: 

“A person who has at any time been removed from any office of trust on account of misconduct or dishonesty, an accounting officer of a municipality or municipal entity, office bearer in a political party, members of parliament or provincial legislature or municipal council and a person who is not a citizen or permanent resident in KwaZulu-Natal will not be eligible for the board membership. Candidates must have expertise in law or forensic investigations.”

It states that applicants must be independent and free from any conflicting relationships with any member of the council as well as management and staff that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgement as a disciplinary board member. They must also have integrity and a conduct beyond reproach with no criminal record or pending criminal or misconduct charges or under investigation.

Most municipalities have their internal structures that deal with disciplinary processes through the human resources departments. However, the Msunduzi Association of Residents, Ratepayers and Civics (MARRC) said those structures were probably not working in Msunduzi, hence the move to recruit from the outside.

MARRC has called on qualified and experienced residents to apply for these appointments.

Chairperson Anthony Waldhausen said this was time to have independent voices on such platforms so that ratepayers can hold the municipality and municipal staff accountable.

Waldhausen said: 

“It looks like the internal structures are not working and hopefully by having an independent board with representatives from qualified and experienced residents we can implement consequence management that’s been missing for a long time. Maybe this body can investigate why the internal bodies are not working and probably integrate them into the board.”