City of Tshwane gives municipal boss R7m secret golden handshake

City of Tshwane gives municipal boss R7m secret golden handshake

- The City of Tshwane has reached a settlement agreement with municipal manger Moeketsi Mosola

- The agreement will see Mosola receiving a substantial payout

- This comes after Mosola was linked to the GladAfrica saga, which resulted in major financial irregularities

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The DA-led Tshwane metro council reportedly reached a settlement agreement with controversial municipal manger, Moeketsi Mosola.

The settlement includes backdated 18% pay rise, as well as a multi-million-Rand 'golden handshake'.

The agreement was made behind closed doors, with all parties other than the EFF supporting it.

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Mosola was appointed by the DA-led council in 2017, and is generally viewed as having been put forward by the EFF, has gathered. However, Mosolo soon faced allegations of wrongdoing. 

For example, he was involved in saga with GladAfrica engineering consultants. In the 2017/18 financial year, contracts resulted in over R300 million in irregular expenditure, according to Business Live. 

Additionally, Mosola has since been accused to have contravened the municipal code of conduct. As a result of these allegations, the council tried twice to suspend Mosoloa but was unsuccessful.

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John Moody, DA leader in Gauteng, said the party was unable to remove Mosoloa due to the support he received from the EFF and ANC, as well as limitations in the relevant legislation.

Consequently, Moody says that the settlement agreement was the best option left with which to get rid of Mosola. He says that Mosola's settlement package would ultimately save the municipality money compared to the protracted legal battle they would otherwise have to engage in.

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