The Regional Executive Committee (REC) of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has confirmed that it prefers Dr. Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni to act as municipal manager until the position is filled.
Regional secretary, Zandisile Quphe says Chabula-Nxiweni is the most suitable candidate as she is the only permanent executive director within the municipality.
Yesterday, a council meeting intended to appoint the official was indefinitely postponed at the last minute. The metro has been without a permanent municipal manager for over two years.
Quphe says the ANC’s REC suggested the metro look within the institution.
“According to Section 57 of the Managers Act there is only one person, currently, who has a valid contract and that is Dr Chabula-Nxiweni. The other’s contracts have expired,” she says.
Quphe says that their view was also supported by the MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Mlibo Qoboshiyane.
“He also indicated that the most suitable person is the section 57 manager that is left within the employ of the institution,” she added.
Meanwhile, a coalition of some opposition parties, consisting of the United Democratic Movement UDM, the Pan Africanist Congress PAC, Congress of the People (COPE) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) says it supports Chabula-Nxiweni as municipal manager.
The coalition says that Chabula-Nxiweni’s experience from the district council and the work she has done at the Department of Public Health as executive director qualify her for the job.
“The transformation she made, the hard work, skills and her overall competence also make her a good candidate. She therefore she exceeds with flying colours and therefore we can see improvements and basic service delivery of the communities within the metro,” the coalition says.