Reports of exodus of senior managers unfounded – eThekwini mayor

2017-08-03 18:55
eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Netwerk24)

eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Netwerk24)

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Durban – Reports about an exodus of senior managers from the eThekwini municipality are unfounded, said mayor Zandile Gumede on Thursday.

Gumede announced that some of the municipality’s senior vacant posts have been filled. About eight senior officials have been appointed in acting positions by Gumede, including crucial positions at the municipality’s Metro police department.

Their appointments came into effect on Tuesday, she said. The Democratic Alliance and IFP had on Tuesday protested outside the Durban City Hall following what they dubbed "an exodus of officials from the municipality under Gumede’s leadership".

"About 12 senior officials have resigned, some have been suspended and some have been displaced just because of their political decisions," said Zwakele Mncwango, DA KZN leader.

Mncwango claimed the municipality, which has a R45bn budget, is on the brink of collapsing.

"It’s our view that we need to come out and inform the public," he said.

'Inconsistencies'

Gumede said the municipality was not run "by way of a witch-hunt", and that where there are allegations of misconduct against staff members, due processes are followed in line with the Labour Act.

"I have also said we will not tolerate or protect wayward officials who flout processes for their own personal gain. In cases of misconduct, we have a clear policy to deal with such matters.

"However, we do not run our municipality by way of a witch-hunt. Where there are allegations of misconduct against any member of staff, a formal process should be followed which includes conducting a thorough investigation in line with the labour relations act," she said.

Gumede said she was concerned about "inconsistencies" in the manner in which staffing matters have been reported by the media.

"The departure of senior staff members in eThekwini has been reported as a 'purge' and an 'exodus' while similar matters in other cities were reported as ‘new broom sweeps clean’ in the case of the City of Cape Town and ‘seeking stability’ in the case of the City of Tshwane.

Such headlines have created unnecessary reputational damage to the eThekwini municipality," Gumede said.

Deputy head of the Durban Metro Police Department Steve Middleton has been appointed the acting head.

Middleton takes over from controversial Metro Police chief Eugene Nzama who took his bosses to court in April, in 2017, claiming he was being sidelined, ignored and, as a consequence, was unable to do his job.

The department’s spokesperson Superintendent Sibonelo Mchunu has been appointed acting deputy head of Metro police operations.

Winile Zama has been appointed acting deputy head of logistics at the Metro police while Geraldene Steven will act as Senior Superintendent at the Metro police's training academy.

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