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2016-03-07 13:19
Msunduzi Municipality city manager Mxolisi Nkosi

Msunduzi Municipality city manager Mxolisi Nkosi

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Pietermaritzburg - Opposition parties have expressed disappointment after award-winning Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi was suspended on Friday.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert said he was sad at the decision made at a special full council meeting, which his party had not supported.

“We voted for an investigation to take place. If there are allegations of maladministration and financial misconduct, then we must investigate, but the DA did not support the suspension of the municipal manager,” he said.

Nkosi’s suspension came after Co-operative Governance and ­Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube announced an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct, non-performance and maladministration in the municipality under his watch.

IFP caucus leader Dolo Zondi said they also supported the investigation, because they knew it would clear Nkosi. “We know that he is a victim of a political plot cooked up by the ANC.”

Zondi said he did not see the need for the municipality to start its own probe, saying it would jeopardise the department’s investigation. However, ANC regional chairperson Mzi Zuma denied claims that Nkosi’s suspension was politically motivated.

Journalists and members of the public, including Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) CEO Melanie Veness, were ejected from the special full council meeting last Friday.

Veness said outside the chamber that the PCB was “completely anti-corruption” and completely supportive of the idea of uncovering any corruption.

“In fact, we absolutely support action taken to hold those responsible accountable, but we would like more facts to be made available in order to feel reassured that there is no basis to the rumours of political interference that abound, especially in view of the fact that the we find ourselves well in the black under Nkosi’s management, after being well in the red,” she said.

Acting Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said in a press statement on Friday afternoon that the council strongly believes in the “innocent until proven guilty” principle. Madonda said Nkosi would be suspended on full pay, and confirmed that Boniwe Zulu, the deputy municipal manager for community services, would act as city manager.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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