Mkhambathini: MEC orders three top managers sacked

2012-06-05 00:00

THE campaign to de-politicise municipal jobs has led to the sacking of three senior managers at the Mkhambathini Municipality.

The chief financial officer, Sipho Magcaba, community services manager Ntombi Mnguni and corporate services manager Fana Lembethe were axed after being found to hold political leadership positions at regional and branch levels.

They were exposed by the Democratic Alliance MPL Mark Steele, who had written a parliamentary question to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Nomusa Dube.

He had asked how many Section 56 managers held political leadership positions in the municipality, in which Camperdown is situated.

Steele said Dube’s written reply revealed that there were three such managers.

“The DA calls on the MEC to instruct this municipality to immediately stop renewing the contracts of these officials, two of which expired in October 31, 2011,” said Steele.

He said the contracts were being renewed on a month-to-month basis.

“The response indicates that the MEC is aware of the situation and that the municipal manager has informed these managers of the implications of Systems Act amendments, which preclude senior managers from holding political office in any political party,” said Steele.

He said that by extending these contracts on a month-to-month basis, the Mkhambathini Municipality had avoided the restrictions of the new legislation.

Steele said Cogta had informed the municipality that extending these contracts on a month-to-month basis was unlawful and that these acting appointments must be terminated.

Mkhambathini’s municipal manager, Devan Pillay, said: “We had a full council meeting last Friday, where it was resolved that the contracts for the chief financial officer, community services manager and corporate services manager be terminated with immediate effect, as per recommendation of the MEC.”

He said the termination of the contract had been delayed while clarity was sought on the legislation, which came into effect on July 5, 2011, and which precludes the senior managers from holding political leadership positions.

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