Council gives in on pay as workers storm meeting

Rochelle de Kock

TENSIONS ran high yesterday as angry Nelson Mandela Bay municipal workers stormed a dramatic council meeting in which the ANC rammed through a decision to delay hiring permanent senior managers so that it could pay staff increases.

“We are literally robbing Peter to pay Paul. This is so irresponsible,” one ANC councillor said.

The meeting at the old Wool Exchange building also saw public health acting executive director Dr Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni appointed acting city boss, just days before Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela is due back in office on Monday.

Buckling under pressure from Uitenhage and Despatch workers, ANC councillors voted for the city to fork out a total of R17-million, in two instalments, to pay them from today.

Chabula-Nxiweni’s appointment had to be made for the payments to be signed off yesterday.

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