City Hall hangs up sex calls

2014-12-12 00:00

THE Msunduzi City Hall phone sex scandal had a sequel yesterday in the council chamber.

No, it was not another steamy call, but rather, details on how the Executive Committee (Exco) is to nip such activities in the bud.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said security at the city hall is being increased. He would not go into details but said there would be cameras and other state-of-the-art security measures put in place throughout the historic red brick building.

This would include control measures to monitor visitors to the various offices.

The upgrade is being speeded up following the outcry two weeks ago that somebody had called an adult phone sex chatline from the offices of the Executive Suite on the third floor. A summons was delivered to the executive suite demanding R1 920 for “services rendered by Our Way Adult Chatline”.

An outraged Bill Lambert raised the matter at an Exco meeting and expressed disgust that sordid phone sex was being conducted in the ­hallowed city hall. He demanded an investigation.

Nkosi reported that the investigation had been completed by the internal audit unit. He did not know the outcome as a written report was to be presented to Exco shortly. ­However, work had started in earnest to address security in the city hall.

Lambert said that in all the years he had been on Exco, there had never been as much public interest shown as there was in this matter since it appeared on the front page of The Witness.

“I received many calls after the ­story about the missing links in the mayoral chain appeared in the newspaper earlier this year, but many more people phoned about this. I don’t know why people get to think about these sorts of activities. I suppose they were titillated by this scandal of steamy sex sessions …” he said.

Lambert added it was the end of the year and the last call, according to the summons, was made in December last year. “We do not want another situation where the sanctity of the city hall is violated,” he said.

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