Mandeni municipal manager suspended

2017-01-25 06:02
Photo: supplied Suspended Mandeni municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba.

Photo: supplied Suspended Mandeni municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba.

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MANDENI municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba has been put on precautionary suspension as of 8 December 2016 pending an investigation prompted by allegations leveled against him.

This is according to the municipality head of communications, Mdu Manzi­, who said Sizwe Khuzwayo has been appointed acting municipal manager.

“The municipality at this point in time cannot divulge much information based on the fact that there is an investigation underway. The investigation was prompted by certain allegations received by council that warranted further investigation and once the process is complete only then will more information be made available,” Manzi said.

He said council is satisfied with Khuzwayo’s leadership capabilities as acting municipal manager as he is one of the senior managers within the municipality.

Manzi said since Mapholoba has been placed on precautionary suspension, the municipality does not have a vacancy for the municipal manager position at the moment.

“The council as stipulated in terms of Section 56 and 57 of the Municipal Systems Act is charged with the responsibility of appointing senior management through a proper council re-solution and it can be confirmed that council has followed proper legal processes to appoint Sizwe Khuzwayo as acting municipal manager as there is a council resolution to that effect.”

Late last year the ANCYL in the Greater KwaDukuza Region announced during a media briefing following its regional conference in December that Mapholoba should step down from his position.

The league’s secretary Musa Zondi said at the briefing that Mapholoba was not fit for the position because the league believed he promoted factionalism. “He has no respect for the political leadership of Mandeni Municipality,” Zondi said at the time.

Zondi had said that Mapholoba was at the centre of most of the problems faced by Mandeni Municipality.

At the briefing the league’s regional chairperson Mfanafuthi Ngcobo had said the league’s concerns with Mapholoba were that he did not take instructions from the ANC and that he did not run the municipality accordingly.

He said the league had concerns about the municipality’s recruitment processes and that Mapholoba was the main concern for this, and the municipal manager was in cahoots with councillors who were “aggrieved” for not being re-elected into council and had allegedly staged protests with the aim of causing instability within the municipality.

In November 2016 protest action broke out in Mandeni, allegedly staged by contractors in the area who were calling for Mapholoba’s removal as they reportedly claimed that he overlooked local service providers and businesses when he awarded contracts or tenders.

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