Youth League targets Msunduzi mayor along with municipal manager

2016-03-10 11:30
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday. (Kailene Pillay)

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Pietermaritzburg - The knives are out for Msunduzi Municipality mayor Chris Ndlela.

The ANC Youth League in the ­region took a direct swipe at Ndlela for not condemning municipal staff unrest that started late last year, which has intensified since the ­municipality made clear its intention to suspend municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi.

Nkosi was suspended last Friday under the cloud of a maladministration probe by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

In a statement yesterday, league regional secretary Thembinkosi Zondi demanded that Ndlela distance himself from the acts of those who have been protesting and “insulting senior political office bearers in the ­municipality”.

“Unsigned letters with filthy ­language are frequently distributed to workers insulting senior leaders.

“We never heard Ndlela being ­insulted even on a single count as a person who is at the helm of ­running the municipality.

“Does this suggest that he is part of the instigators? If not, why he (sic) never came out to condemn this shameful act?” he asked.

Zondi accused Ndlela of being part of a plot that “co-opted” expanded public works programme workers and contract workers to influence the outcome of the provincial ANC conference by buying delegates through job placements in the municipality.

Zondi said the suspended Nkosi and senior members of council were also part of that plot.

The protesting workers have claimed that Nkosi was ousted ­because he had fallen out of favour with both the regional and provincial ANC leadership, after supporting Premier Senzo Mchunu’s unsuccessful bid to retain his position as the ANC chairperson.

The workers also claimed Nkosi had already finalised placements in the municipality, but was stopped by the ANC leaders who wanted to put their “comrades” in those positions.

However, Zondi said the protest by contract workers had been organised to insult Deputy Mayor Thobani ­Zuma, HR portfolio committee chairperson Jabu Ngubo and ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma.

The league said it welcomed ­Nkosi’s suspension as he had become “a centre of divisions in the municipality”, and called on the ANC to investigate and discipline those of its councillors who had “boycotted” last week’s council sitting in protest against the municipal manager’s ­suspension.

Ndlela said he preferred not to respond to the allegations “for now”.


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