- The mayor of Tshwane has given one of his officials a talking-to after an unnecessary trip to China was approved
- Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa says the trip has since been cancelled before funds were spent on it
- However, he warned that this would not be tolerated in future
Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has reprimanded City Manager Dr Moeketsi Mosola for authorising trips to China for government employees.
This comes after Mokgalapa ordered an investigation into the authorisation of the trips.
The mayor says that Mosola "erroneously" approved the trip on his behalf.
Mokgalapa said that the trip was cancelled before it took place and that the city did not spend any funds on the voyage. He added that he has taken those responsible to task.
It appears that he decided to let them off with a warning rather than pursue disciplinary action against those involved. However, Mokgalapa emphasised that his administration would not tolerate such incidents in future.
Nevertheless, the mayor described the incident as merely an "administrative error", but stressed that he wanted to send the message that "the politician is in charge here" rather than senior bureaucrats.
He also said that he did not consider the trip to be useful to the city or its residents, according to IOL.
Mokgalapa added that it had become routine for employees to submit documents to him at the last minute in the hopes that he would approve them without giving them a thorough inspection.
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