Municipal manager’s job hangs in balance

2013-11-15 00:00

ABAQULUSI (Vryheid) Municipality has been interdicted from implementing the appointment of Vusumuzi Mthembu as its new municipal manager pending an appeal by the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube, who is opposed to his appointment.

The dispute over Mthembu’s appointment as municipal manager arises from allegations by the MEC that he made a false statement in his application that he was employed by the University of KZN.

Despite concerns raised by the MEC, Mthembu was voted in as the new municipal manager in terms of a council resolution taken on December 4, 2012, and again on March 5 this year.

When the case came to court, Judge David Ntshangase granted an order in favour of the IFP and Mthembu and ordered the executive committee and mayor of Abaqulusi to implement his appointment, but the MEC noted an appeal.

In a reserved judgment, Judge Graham Lopes this week granted an interdict stopping the IFP, Mthembu and the municipality from implementing Mthembu’s appointment pending the appeal.

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