Municipality of Secunda appoints new City Manager – Ridge Times

Political parties have different views on the new municipal manager of Govan Mbeki municipality, Ndaba Maseko.

It was endorsed at the council meeting which was combined with the State of the Municipality (Soma) address held at the Lillian Ngoyi Center on Tuesday, May 31.

Maseko will take the reins as MM on June 14.

Councilors from the Democratic Alliance, who were not present at the meeting, declared that all council meetings that took place after Tuesday March 31 are null and void.

“We will wait for the result of the court because we are a party that defends the rule of law.

“The DA will do everything in their power to make sure the laws of this country are enforced accordingly,” James Masango said.

Economic freedom fighters have said they do not support the appointment of a new city manager until Felani Mndebele’s arbitration is completed.

According to the EFF, the city council should wait until the case of the sacked city manager, Mndebele, against the municipality is resolved. The case is now in the hands of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

“We are entering another serious problem. Why can’t we wait to see what direction Mndebele’s arbitration takes before appointing a new city manager? asked EFF adviser Thabiso Mofokeng.

“What will happen if Mndebele wins the case? Appointing a new MM now will then be a wasteful and unnecessary expense that will impact the outcome of our municipality’s audit.

“What’s the rush?”

African Transformation Movement (ATM) councilor Lwandile Ziwele said his party supported the appointment of the new city manager who could be presented at a special council meeting later this month.

“We cannot hold the council ransom with a pending case. We need to continue the work of the council.

“The new city manager has been approved by us as a council, we support his appointment as he is a local guy who understands our municipality and he previously held the position of city manager,” Ziwele said.

The municipality terminated Mndebele’s employment contract after a long legal battle. The board made this decision at a special virtual board meeting last July.

Mndebele had been placed on preventive suspension with full pay, as recommended by the former executive mayor of the municipality, Thandi Ngxonono, who accused him and his officials of negligence in failing to provide services to residents.

The municipality of Govan Mbeki wants to appoint a new municipal manager.

Mndebele challenged the suspension and sued GMM.

There were also allegations that Mndebele and his officials failed to provide services to residents due to negligence, such as daily load shedding, lack of garbage removal and serious delay in most services. that the municipality is supposed to provide to the population. .

The Middelburg High Court ruled that Mndebele had been unlawfully suspended and that the prosecution against him was unlawful.

The municipality and its president (second defendant) were ordered to pay Mr. Mndebele’s legal costs, but the leaders of the municipality of Govan Mbeki decided to appeal the court’s decision.

Middleburg High Court then rejected GMM’s leave to appeal against Mr Mndebele with costs.

This was not the end of the battle however.

When Mndebele attempted to return to work, he was again fired and the case ended up at the CCMA where it is currently being handled.

The case was scheduled to sit at the CCMA on Monday, June 6, but was adjourned to July 11-15 to make its lead counsel available for arbitration.

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