Mojapelo admitted some wrongdoing on the City's part, which he said included allowing councillors to dictate how they wanted the parks built in their wards.
"We acknowledge that this was new and there would always be some shortcomings. We must take responsibility sometimes.
We underestimated the understanding. Yes, there was a process where we engaged with councillors but gave them too much liberty.
"A source of tensionHe said the City thought giving councillors a scope for the project was sufficient but it had since learnt it wasn't.The COO, who is no stranger to controversy, has previously been the subject of a Special Investigating Unit probe into fraud and corruption allegations related to the City's 2010 legacy project.
The Public Protector also investigated his return to Ekurhuleni after he left with a cloud hanging over his head.