Municipal manager’s blank ‘report’

2012-12-03 00:00

MSUNDUZI councillors were astounded when municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi told them at a full council sitting on Wednesday that he had nothing to report. This was under his regular slot on the agenda, titled “Items raised by the municipal manager”.

The DA’s Judy Lawrence asked how could there be nothing to report when the traffic department was in the middle of a turbulent strike and a major service delivery march had taken place in the city just a week before.

Nkosi said he could not report on the traffic officers’ strike because court action had been instituted, so the matter was sub judice.

Dolo Zondi (IFP) said he found it strange that the municipal manager’s response was that the matter was sub judice. Zondi said that as councillors, they were part and parcel of the municipality. “We need to report to people and even assist if we can. It is our city; we are the public representatives of the citizens; we need to know what is happening,” Zondi said.

Rodger Ashe (DA) believed the municipal manager was required not only to report on problems, but on the different programmes happening within departments.

Nkosi then reported on the strike and said the traffic officers made no formal submission on their woes to their line managers, who had read about their grievances for the first time in the media.

Nkosi added that when the striking workers started to teargas their offices, the municipal management decided to act. He added he could not go into detail on what happened, as some of the information was part of court and disciplinary procedures. According to Nkosi, 36 of the municipality’s staff of 49 traffic officers had embarked on the strike.

Nkosi told the councillors that Mayor Chris Ndlela would report on the issues raised in the service delivery march as the memorandum had been addressed to him.

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