Staff rally behind city manager

Rochelle de Kock

NELSON Mandela Bay city manager Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela has the full backing of her staff who have vowed to mobilise civil society to protect her from undue political interference.

In a joint statement issued by Cosatu and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), the organisations said they could not fold their arms and watch as the city’s administration crumbled.

The statement comes a day after business, ratepayers, non-governmental organisations and civil society groups called on President Jacob Zuma to intervene.

The developments follow MsenganaNdlela having submitted a grievance letter to Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane last week, saying she faced undue political pressure from mayor Ben Fihla and his deputy, Chippa Ngcolomba, to the extent that she feared for her life. On behalf of the two unions, Samwu Bay district chairman Armstrong Poswa said: “[We are] deeply concerned with the political bickering and interference by the high political offices of the mayor and deputy mayor in the day-to-day running of administrative affairs … as if there is no head.

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