‘Thys targeted in witch-hunt over budget embarrassment’


THE knives are out, with senior bosses of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality looking for a scapegoat to take the fall for an embarrassing deficit budget tabled at the council in March.

While a surplus budget for the 2015-16 financial year was eventually passed by the council last month, budget and financial accounting director Selwyn Thys has been accused of misconduct.

Municipal insiders say Thys was issued with a letter last Monday, listing about three charges against him instituted by chief financial officer (CFO) Trevor Harper.

It follows months of what has been described as a tense relationship between the two since Harper was appointed early last year in the job that Thys had also applied for.

The Herald has not seen the letter. However, officials close to the process said the charges related to the recent budgeting process and his alleged deliberate undermining of Harper.

-Rochelle de Kock

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