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The Klerksdorp News office was contacted by the Municipal Manager of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Ms Shirley Lesupi, and her statement in regards to the DA media release is as follows:
“On 10 May 2021 the Municipal Manager, Ms Shirley Lesupi, received a notice to attend a disciplinary hearing for allegations of misconduct levelled against her by the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. The allegations of misconduct by the municipality relate to, inter alia, failing to cooperate with the municipal council and failing to discipline staff members. None of these allegations of misconduct relate to any form of corruption on her part or involvement in so-called dubious tender awards.
Ms Lesupi has at no time signed any settlement agreement with the municipality and as such she was shocked to find out about a so-called settlement for the first time in the media.
Ms Lesupi maintains her innocence in relation to the allegations that have been levelled against her and has instructed her legal team to proceed with her disciplinary hearing.
Ms Lesupi has furthermore laid criminal charges of crimen injuria against the Councillor who had been responsible for publishing the article stating that she had received a golden handshake.”