City manager reaches settlement with eThekwini

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eThekwini's former municipal manager Sipho Nzuza.
eThekwini's former municipal manager Sipho Nzuza.
eThekwini Municipality

The reign of city manager, Sipho Nzuza, has ended after he reached a settlement agreement with eThekwini Municipality.

On Tuesday, the Durban full council voted, with an ANC majority, to terminate Nzuza’s employment and pay him the remainder of his contract.

Nzuza had 10 months left from his 5-year contract and will be paid for six months of that.

According to the 2019/2020 budget, Nzuza’s salary was R330 000 a month, minus benefits and other perks.

Nzuza is currently out on bail after being accused of fraud and corruption relating to the irregular R320 million Durban Solid Waste tender case which also involves former Durban mayor Zandile Gumede.

Nzuza has been on paid leave since November last year after he was arrested for violating his bail conditions by signing off on tenders.

Prior to that, Nzuza was on paid leave for 6 months.

Nicole Graham, DA eThekwini caucus leader, said the party was unhappy that Nzuza received a settlement despite not working for over a year.

“This is simply unacceptable and a slap in the face of over-burdened ratepayers. Nzuza has effectively not worked for over a year and is facing serious criminal charges but will be richly rewarded,” said Graham.

“This is a self-made ANC mess and one the DA repeatedly warned against. Service delivery has ground to a halt as a direct result of ANC corruption and maladministration, but those involved still have full pockets.”

In a statement released by the City, eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, wished Nzuza well in his future endeavours.

Nzuza will be replaced by Musa Bhele as acting City manager for three months until a permanent person has been employed.

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