Msunduzi names acting manager from Cogta

2016-06-07 13:55
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Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Municipality has ­confirmed the appointment of ­Sizwe Hadebe as the acting ­municipal manager.

Spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality will hold a press briefing soon to officially ­announce the appointment of ­Hadebe.

Hadebe has been appointed on a three-month contract.

He was selected from a list that included three names ­recommended by Cogta, after the municipality requested that the ­department second an official to temporarily take charge.

Hadebe takes up the position left by deputy municipal manager for community services Boniwe Zulu, whose three-month acting period came to an end last week.

The municipality decided not to renew her contract.

Zulu’s tenure as acting municipal manager has been mired in controversy.

The Witness reported that she, together with other high-ranking officials, had been responsible for the alleged overpayment of almost R8,5 million to a local security ­company.

The council had appointed Zulu as acting municipal manager in March, although a ­report detailing the allegations against her was compiled in January and is believed to have been available to some members of the ­council.

The Witness also reported that a ­performance assessment report had found ­Zulu wanting in her capacity as the deputy ­municipal manager of community services.

Former city managers under the spotlight

SHE had failed to meet the performance ­targets she signed off on over the past two ­financial years, and it was recommended that she go for performance counselling.

Zulu had taken over from Mxolisi Nkosi who was ­suspended in March.

Nkosi was suspended pending an ­investigation by Cogta MEC ­Nomusa Dube-Ncube into alleged ­maladministration and financial misconduct.

The municipality also initiated its own probe into the allegations, but neither of the investigations has been concluded yet.

Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the future of a key ally of Nkosi, Madeleine Plaatjies-Jackson, who works as the manager in the office of the municipal manager.

Before the end of Zulu’s tenure as acting municipal manager, Plaatjies-Jackson received a letter with ­intention to suspend her last week.

She was given seven days, which lapsed yesterday, to respond.

Plaatjies-Jackson referred all the queries to spokesperson Nqobile Madonda who said “council still maintains the position that employee relations matters are not to be discussed in the public space, they are strictly between the employer and employee”.

An insider in the municipality claimed Plaatjies-Jackson had refused to provide information that would “nail” Nkosi when she was asked to do so by those who had orchestrated Nkosi’s ousting. 

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za


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