City boss bugged?

2013-05-29 00:00

WAS city boss Mxolisi Nkosi’s office bugged over the weekend?

This is the question plaguing the municipal manager after he discovered on Monday that intruders had broken into his office.

Rampant theft, intrusion and apparently lax security measures at the city hall have left Nkosi irked after Monday’s discovery.

“I walked into my office to find that it had been burgled and someone came in through the window as it was wide open,” he said.

Nothing seemed to have been stolen, but the police fingerprint unit was called in and a case of burglary was opened.

“Whoever did this gained access into my office, my kitchen and my personal assistant’s office,” he said.

Insiders close to Nkosi said they suspected that the municipal manager’s office had been bugged. “We suspect that Nkosi is on camera and video. We think his phone has been bugged as well,” said one source.

Nkosi said they understand that security at the city hall needed to be improved. However, they do not want to convert the establishment into a fortress, as it is a public building where people come for help.

“This is an indication that people working at the city hall are vulnerable, which then says we need to look at the security issue as a matter of urgency,” he said.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert told last week’s executive committee (Exco) meeting that he had walked into the committee’s offices to catch up on work during one weekend and found two strangers sitting in one of the offices.

In April this year and July last year, The Witness reported that Nkosi had been receiving death threats.

Last week’s Exco meeting resolved to get Nkosi bodyguards.

Copper theft from the roof of the city hall had recently led to water leaks, which caused damage estimated at more than R1 million to the facility’s Steinway piano.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said police were aware of the incident and they were investigating.

She said she couldn’t divulge any information on the matter as it was “sensitive”.

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