Municipal manager promises to fix PMB

2012-02-09 17:47

Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi has promised to fix the beleagured municipality's financial woes.

He told reporters in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday he would not take instructions from politicians on how to do his job.

"Taking instructions will amount to digging my own grave," said Nkosi.

Political interference has been cited as one of the reasons for the near collapse of the municipality, which runs Pietermaritzburg and which was put under administration in 2010 after it ran out of money.

The national government's intervention, made in terms of section 139(b) of the Constitution, was lifted on December 31, 2011, when the municipality showed signs of stability and recovery.

Nkosi said he expected his deputy municipal managers to act decisively against officials who were using their political membership to destabilise the municipality.

"If a deputy municipal manager fails to act against a subordinate because of political considerations, then I will discipline that deputy."

Nkosi said he remained confident of the co-operation he would receive from Msunduzi political head, Mayor Chris Ndlela.

"The lines of operation between administration and the political sphere are not blurred. We are also very cautious of crossing such lines."

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