‘I fear for my life’, says city manager

Nwabisa Makunga and Rochelle de Kock

EXPLOSIVE allegations of political interference and veiled threats have been made by Nelson Mandela Bay municipal manager Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela in a letter sent to Bhisho.

Barely three months into her job, MsenganaNdlela said the interference by the city’s political leaders was so unbearable that she believed her life was in danger.

She has been told bluntly to do whatever she is instructed to do – whether she likes it or not.

She said she had been “frequently reminded by the executive mayor [Ben Fihla] of the violence and the ultimate price that is paid by those who do not submit to the majority rule”.

“Seemingly there is so much at stake that issues of administration in the metro have been turned into issues of life and death.”

In the letter of grievance sent to Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, Msengana-Ndlela said Fihla and his deputy, Chippa Ngcolomba, had unduly interfered with her work and expected her to adhere by the “majority rules” policy rather than following the law.

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