Msunduzi to hire guards for manager

2013-05-24 00:00

THE Msunduzi council’s executive committee (Exco) has unanimously agreed to pay for bodyguards for municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi, who has received death threats.

The Witness reported on the threats against Nkosi last month, which are being probed by the Pietermaritzburg Crime Intelligence Unit.

It was alleged that Nkosi was being intimidated in his efforts to clean up the municipality and ensure that it does not regress to its previous parlous financial situation, which led to it being placed under administration.

At yesterday’s Exco meeting, Bill Lambert (Democratic Alliance) said it was unacceptable that Nkosi was paying for bodyguards when the death threats were related to his work for the council.

Lambert said the threats were reminiscent of the time when there was interference in the running of the municipality, which ultimately led to its downfall.

“This is another move by certain people who want to destabilise our city.

“No stone must be left unturned to protect our municipal manager,” he said.

The decision to pay for Nkosi’s bodyguards came after the tabling of a report by the financial services portfolio committee that stated that threats were made after certain workers were suspended and certain contracts cancelled.

Nkosi’s house was attacked three times in two weeks, it said.

ANC Exco member Jabu Ngubo said the municipality could not disregard the fact that the threats were work-related.

National Freedom Party councillor Ntokozo Bhengu agreed, saying that Nkosi worked for the council and should not have to pay for his own security.

Opposition parties were hesitant to leave arrangements for the payment for security to the committee that oversees issues relating to the safety of councillors.

The committee does not have opposition members because certain ANC members refused to admit them at its inception.

Bhengu questioned why the committee had not acted after the threats to Nkosi were reported.

The DA’s Mergan Chetty said it was pointless to expect the committee to act because it hadn’t put any policies in place.

Lambert said there was no time to wait for a committee to present a report, as Nkosi could be killed in the interim.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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