City boss threatened with death

2012-07-30 00:00

MSUNDUZI municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said yesterday he received death threats at the weekend after suspending 82 municipal security officers who stormed the city hall last week.

The suspension letters were given to the officers on Friday, and they were ask to surrender their firearms.

Nkosi confirmed the suspension and the intimidation when contacted by The Witness yesterday.

“There has been a lot of intimidation making the rounds and some people threatening my life, but I am not going to retreat because I want to restore order and service delivery in this municipality,” said Nkosi.

The municipal manager said: “I received a call from an unknown number telling me to be careful now that I had suspended the security officials without disarming them.

“As an administrator I am here to work and if people don’t like that then they can leave the municipality. I am not here to make friends or enemies, but I have a mandate to improve service delivery.”

Nkosi does not have bodyguards.

“Personally, as an administrator, I don’t believe that I should have bodyguards to protect me against my own staff members who refuse to take simple instructions on matters of service delivery,” he said.

He said the issue of his security would be dealt with by state security agents and if they believed that he needed to have bodyguards then he would have to heed to their call.

Nkosi said anyone who decided to storm the city hall would be dealt with in the same way or harsher.

He said management had appealed for workers to “behave” after they had conducted four illegal strikes in six months.

“Maybe action is the only language that they will understand, because talking has not proven to be enough,” said Nkosi.

“I first warned workers that there would be repercussions for their actions, but they ignored the warning.”

The municipal manager issued a stern warning to the suspended security officers to surrender their firearms, teargas, municipal vehicles and ammunition by 11 am today or face criminal charges.

He said the security officers were instructed to do so on Friday, but had ignored the order.

The disgruntled workers stormed into city hall last Monday after discovering that only 58 staff members, including bodyguards, had been regraded.

Their protest was to do with a progression policy which came into effect in March this year.

Nkosi had authorised staff who qualified to be regraded to receive back-pay from the date their regrading came into effect.

The angry workers parked their municipal vehicles on the pavement and marched into the hall, demanding a meeting with Nkosi.

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