Long-standing KZN Legislature head of operations Sibisi to step down

2016-02-12 12:30
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Pietermaritzburg - The long-standing operations head at the KZN Legislature is expected to step down later this month.

Bongani Sibisi, the current chief operations officer, told The Witness he is intending to terminate his service with the province’s legislative body at the end of February.

“This is the discussion I am having with the secretary [Nerusha Naidoo]. I am still at work but will possibly be leaving at the end of the month,” said Sibisi.

Sibisi has been a servant to the legislature for 33 years, beginning his administrative life with the KwaZulu Legislative Assembly in the early 1980s and then joined the first democratically elected KZN Legislature in 1994 while working his way up the ladder to the top position.

“I have something I want to embark on, a business venture,” said Sibisi, although he declined to go into details.

He said after more than three decades in public service it was time to move on.

“I think I have done all I can do. There are younger ones who can step up to it. I don’t know who this will be as it will be done through a normal selection process,” said the 54-year-old.

IFP leader Blessed Gwala said Sibisi was a “humble man” who would be “missed”

“He had a large amount of institutional knowledge. We are losing a pillar. He was always helpful and remained humble throughout,” said Gwala.

DA leader in the KZN Legislature Sizwe Mchunu said Sibisi was “always on the ball” and had “very good institutional memory”.

“We wish him all the best in future endeavours. I hope the best person, fit for purpose, will be selected to fill his position,” said Mchunu.

He said the party was concerned about the circumstances as to why Sibisi would leave so suddenly, adding that the DA would request a brief from the legislature to find out more.

Attempts to reach ANC MPLs were unsuccessful.

The KZN Legislature was contacted for comment but did not respond at the time of going to press.

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