Speaking to OFM News, Kgaile said the allegation is not true since they have done everything according to the book.
She says a thorough background check was done on Nkhumise and nothing irregular was uncovered by the municipality. Earlier the Mail & Guardian reported that irate residents of the municipality have approached lawyers to force the municipality to remove Nkhumise because of the allegations. Maetu says the allegations have no substance and they reject them.
Meanwhile, the municipality has been ordered by the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to reinstate a whistle-blower, Mpho Seero, and to put in place a policy to protect whistle-blowers.
Mkhwebane found that the municipality suspended Seero, the chief audit executive, in retaliation for blowing the whistle on what he considered to be irregular and unauthorised expenditure at the municipality.
The disclosure involved what Seero considered to be irregular procurement activities involving the irregular expenditure of R32 442 930 between 2003 and 2013 for fuel at a local petrol station, the unauthorised expenditure of R160 662 953 and irregular expenditure of R21 802 287 on municipal infrastructure grant (MIG) projects. He also believed Supply Chain Management regulation 36 had been misused.