Municipal manager to stay

2013-04-16 00:00

MSUNDUZI municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi is going nowhere, despite death threats and rumours of his imminent resignation.

Mayor Chris Ndlela called a press conference yesterday to say that Nkosi is here to stay. Nkosi’s contract had been renewed two weeks ago, after he scored “very high” in a performance assessment conducted at the end of his probation period, he said.

He added that Exco, the full council and the ruling party, both at regional and provincial levels, were happy with his performance so far and had no plans to deploy him elsewhere.

Referring to The Witness report last Friday that Nkosi was facing death threats, the mayor assured residents that the threats were not being taken lightly and that state security agencies were handling the matter. “We are confident that they are doing a good job and we will be attending to security improvements as and when they advise us to do so,” Ndlela said.

The Witness reported that Nkosi was being persecuted for his efforts to fix the municipality and ensure that it did not slide back to the days of being poised on the edge of bankruptcy.

Previous Witness reports stated that the reason the municipality went into administration was because of political interference in its operations and the council being split into factions. Staff were said at the time to support one or other faction and the daily running of the municipality was affected by constant work stoppages, worker unrest by one or other faction, as well as rumour-mongering.

Staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the situation with Nkosi, the rumours and the death threats, had a familiar ring. They hoped that there would not be a repeat of the municipality being driven by factions and instability, as one or the other faction fight to gain the upper hand and control of the municipality.

Nkosi’s tenure so far has also been marred by strikes, workers invading his office and go-slows.

However, the mayor is confident that they are on top of the situation and that service delivery was improving.

He believes it will get better when 428 critical posts are filled during the course of this year. “We have no doubt that such capacity will have a direct impact on both service delivery and revenue generation,” he said.

Asked who could possibly be making the death threats, the mayor was reluctant to speculate. He added that it could be disgruntled individuals, unhappy with the route taken in terms of the turnaround strategy to get everyone working and to deal with irregularities.

“The route we have taken is inevitable. No amount of threats is going to move us away from doing what is right for this city and for our citizens,” Ndlela said.

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