The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leadership in uMkhanyakude District Municipality has learnt with shock that the Municipality is allegedly in the process of appointing high-ranking officials without approval from Council.
It seems that the ANC is mandating its political tactics through COGTA. Yesterday we received information that the panel sat and shortlisted candidates for the following positions:
1. Municipal Manager
2. Director of Technical Services
3. Director of Cooperate Services
4. Director of Planning
It is widely known that the position of Municipal Manager (MM) is an appointment by Council, in terms of Section 54 of the Municipal Systems Act, with senior managers being appointed in terms of Section 56 of the same Act.
The Municipal Systems Act clearly outlines that the appointment of the MM and senior managers reporting to the MM are functions of Council, by law. COGTA cannot amend this law overnight. Therefore, we view this as a potentially unlawful activity, with COGTA attempting to bypass the Council and its functions via the back door.
As the IFP, we are appalled by this unlawful conduct by certain officials. We also know that COGTA is aware of all these processes, and yet is not taking any steps in this matter.
The IFP in uMkhanyakude is deeply concerned about this behaviour and is prepared to take the matter to court.
Cllr Sihle Ndlovu
IFP Caucus Chairperson and Whip in uMkhanyakude District
071 861 0169