City of Cape Town Manager Achmat Ebrahim has resigned. Mayoral spokesperson, Zara Nicholson says Ebrahim tendered his resignation with effect from the 12 of this month.
Ebrahim’s resignation comes after he has been embroiled in mismanagement allegations. The allegations were contained in the Bowman Gilfillan report, which implicated several senior officials in maladministration and mismanagement.
The city says he made it clear in his resignation letter that he is able to defend allegations against him. Ebrahim started his career as a public servant in Cape Town in 1977.
Mayor Patricia de Lille says Ebrahim will furnish her office with copies of all the evidence files as they pertain to his involvement in these allegations.
An amount to the value of R43 million is believed to have been lost in tender irregularities, among others.
In a statement de Lille says Ebrahim has served the council for 40 years with loyal and dedicated service.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday announced plans to probe and charge Mayor Patricia De Lille on allegations that she covered up corruption.
Political analyst Professor Keith Gottschalk, says Patricia de Lille’s career as Cape Town Mayor is almost over. “Patricia de Lille has antagonised powerful DA leaders in the municipal caucas and clearly her statement in public criticising the DA was a politically bad move, it’s clear that Patricia de Lille’s career is sadly dead in the water and all that remains is the details of how the DA is going to remove her.”
Meanwhile, the ANC in the City of Cape Town says it is shocked by the resignation of Ebrahim. ANC caucus leader, Xolani Sotashe, says they had hoped that he would see through the corruption investigation.
Sotashe says Ebrahim was a good civil servant who has become a victim of the administration.
“Its only cowards who run away from challenges, cause the city manager is being implicated here and there’s been a process that’s agreed upon by council in terms of getting to the bottom of the corruption. That is taking place in the city of cape town, his name is being implicated and one would have thought that the city manager will really stay on and clear his name of all these allegations,” says Sotashe.
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