The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan council took three years to appoint a permanent Municipal Manager – in that time the city lost many Municipal Directors and competent staff along with becoming the laughing stock of every city in South Africa.
In less than three months after the appointment of Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela as Municipal Manager in late February 2013 we have seen the political infighting lead to calls for the removal of Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela who has been threatened with harm. These thuggery tactics, calculated to ‘scare’ Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela off, are indicative of an administration rife with corruption.
On Friday 31 May (See: Business and Civil Society lay down the law to Council) a unique grouping of business and civil society in the form of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the South African NGO Coalition (Sangoco), the Ratepayers Association of Nelson Mandela Bay and Cosatu presented their concerns in Council and drew their line in the sand saying “Enough is Enough”.
The initial demands from this group is that the Municipality immediately desist with their destabilising and threatening manner towards the duly appointed Municipal Manager. In the words of NMBBC Board Member, Neil Hart, a realistic time frame would be within 30 days. The next step would be to ensure that permanent and competent municipal directors be appointed.
All members of the group agree that they have lost trust in the local politicians,