Who is the new Msunduzi manager?

2016-06-06 09:45
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - Mystery surrounds the appointment of the new municipal manager for Msunduzi Municipality.

While sources suggested a new manager had already been appointed, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said yesterday that the department was still going through the process of identifying a new candidate for the position.

“We have received the letter of request from the Msunduzi mayor for Cogta to second a new municipal manager. We are looking for available candidates who qualify and have the experience to manage Msunduzi. After we have identified relevant people, we will make recommendations to the council for consideration. We need to appoint a candidate who fits the bill for the significance and size of Msunduzi,” Mabaso said.

Some sources told The Witness that a special meeting took place late on Friday night where a new municipal manger was said to have been selected.

However, DA whip Rodger Ashe told The Witness yesterday that they had received “no notification whatsoever” from Cogta on who had been appointed.

“After the special council meeting last week we have not heard who the new municipal manager will be,” he said.

Last week the Msunduzi council decided against the reappointment of the controversial Boniwe Zulu as the acting municipal manager after a special full council meeting.

Zulu was appointed on a three-month term when the then municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi was suspended in March, in what was ascribed to ANC factional turmoil in the province.

Nkosi was suspended pending an investigation by Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube into alleged maladministration and financial misconduct.

The municipality also initiated its own probe into the allegations, but neither of the investigations has been concluded yet.

Zulu’s tenure as acting municipal manager has been mired in controversy over an alleged overpayment of almost R8,5 million to a local security company and her failing to meet the performance targets she signed off on in the past two financial years.

The DA’s Bill Lambert said that the council needed a resolution until Nkosi’s issue was resolved: “We needed someone to steer the ship. We have requested that Cogta appoint a new municipal manager because it is better than to be put under administration.”

Attempts to get comment from mayor Chris Ndlela yesterday were unsuccessful.

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