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City of CT holds off on suspension of top execs pending investigation

After deliberation, a decision has been taken to keep Achmat Ebrahim, Melissa Whitehead and Craig Kesson in their jobs.

FILE: Executive Director in the mayor's office Craig Kesson.  Picture: capetown.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town city council has decided not to suspend top executives implicated in tender irregularities within its Transport and Urban Development Authority.

During a secret council meeting two weeks ago, city manager Achmat Ebrahim, transport commissioner Melissa Whitehead and executive director in the mayor's office Craig Kesson were given a week to provide reasons why they should not be suspended.

It comes after Kesson last month deposed an affidavit to Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, in which he levels allegations of wrongdoing against senior councillors and other administrative staff.

After a nearly two-hour-long closed-door session of council on Tuesday morning, a decision has been taken to keep Ebrahim, Whitehead and Kesson in their jobs while an investigation is underway to investigate the claims.

It's alleged Whitehead has been interfering in the awarding of tenders in her department, including the Foreshore Freeway Project and the acquisition of electric buses.

EWN understands council also took a decision to retract the suspension of the city's head of probity, Lindiwe Ndaba, who was suspended earlier this month for allegedly overstepping her mandate by investigating the claims raised by Kesson.