Top DA job for poo thrower

2016-09-18 00:04


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Cape Town - Former ANC councillor and poo thrower in chief Loyiso Nkohla has landed himself a plum job as an adviser to a former nemesis in the DA-led City of Cape Town.

Nkohla has been appointed executive support officer to City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg, a man who previously referred to his methods as “thuggery” as they clashed over Cape Town’s portable toilets.

Two Mondays ago, Nkohla began work as Sonnenberg’s adviser, a political position where he will earn himself just over R700 000 a year.

But his appointment and salary have raised eyebrows both in the corridors of the Cape Town Civic Centre and in the ANC, a party he ditched for the DA six weeks before the August 3 polls.

Nkohla defected to the DA with about 500 members of the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement in June, and while he did not take up the party’s membership owing to his unresolved legal issues, he actively campaigned for the DA and worked closely with Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille ahead of the polls.

Nkohla was one of the leaders of Ses’khona – a movement established to fight for better sanitation in Cape Town’s informal settlements and townships. The organisation made headlines in 2013 for dumping human faeces in provincial government buildings and at the Cape Town International Airport in protest against the poor sanitation in poor areas.

At the time of Nkohla’s defection, Western Cape ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs said Nkohla’s actions were tantamount to betrayal, especially of those who believed that he was genuinely leading a pro-poor social movement for basic service delivery.

This week, leader of the ANC caucus in the Cape Town council, Xolani Sotashe, characterised Nkohla’s appointment as “cadre deployment”, something the DA has previously criticised the ANC for doing.

Sotashe also questioned Nkohla’s salary, especially considering his academic qualifications.

“It [Nkohla’s appointment] is a reward for selling his organisation to the DA,” claimed Sotashe.

Nkohla declined to discuss his appointment, referring questions to the City. He responded to Sotashe, however, saying the ANC leader should not complain about Ses’khona leaders leaving for the DA because he had insulted Ses’khona as an organisation that had no impact.

“We buried him politically on August 3. When he woke up, he had 22 seats and no longer 40. He spoke good English when we left and said ‘good riddance’. So why is he a crybaby now?” said Nkohla.

Spokesperson for the City Of Cape Town, Priya Reddy, confirmed that Nkohla was a political appointee and that political appointments are made at the discretion of the office bearer, with the political knowledge of the incumbent highly prioritised.

She said Nkohla’s position was evaluated through the City’s evaluation team at a salary of R701 960 per year.

Reddy said as per the job description, the academic requirements for the position are a degree in public administration, political science or journalism or any other appropriate subject field, or proven experience in similar position. Nkohla possesses a matric certificate and completed a computer course in 2002.

Nkohla is expected to provide strategic and political support and advice to Sonnenberg by raising his party-political and personal profile, identifying potential opportunities, and speech writing and report writing.

“His experience gained as a councillor also stands him in good stead,” said Reddy.

Yet Nkohla, as an ANC councillor, was expelled from the city council in January 2014 after a council disciplinary committee found him guilty on charges of misconduct for taking part in the dumping of human waste at the Western Cape legislature and Cape Town International Airport.


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