Concern as councillors’ kids get city jobs

2013-07-26 00:00

BOTH ANC and opposition party councillors at Msunduzi Municipality are crying foul at not one but two instances of alleged nepotism.

This is after they found out that a second executive committee (Exco) member has a daughter employed by the municipality.

On Wednesday, The Witness reported that ANC Exco member Jabu Ngubo’s daughter has been employed as one of the newly recruited traffic wardens.

Yesterday it emerged that the new assistant committee clerk at the Exco meeting was ANC ­Exco member Eunice Majola’s daughter. The post is an administrative one involving record-keeping and preparing agendas for meetings.

Majola was not available to respond to the allegation of nepotism, as she was in Spain on municipal work and will be returning next week.

The DA’s Mergan Chetty said it was ironic that Ngubo and Majola were brought in when the municipality was placed under administration, to replace former councillors who had to step down because of allegations of corruption and maladministration.

Dolo Zondi of the IFP said while there was nothing legally wrong with the children of councillors getting jobs at the municipality, it did not sit well. “Such appointments perpetuate the belief that people become councillors to serve their own needs and look after their own families instead of the community at large,” he said. The NFP’s Thokozani Magwaza said it was beyond a joke and tarnished the image of the municipality.

ANC councillors also expressed unhappiness at the situation. Council Speaker Babu Baijoo said he had received a formal complaint from an ANC branch about Ngubo’s daughter’s appointment. So far there had been no complaints about Majola. Baijoo said he had forwarded the complaint to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee for investigation. “As soon as I receive MPAC’s report, I will make it public,” he said.

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