ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

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22 December 2016

ETHEKWINI MAYOR REFUTES CLAIMS OF CITY MANAGER’S SUSPENSION

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and City Manager Sibusiso Sithole held a joint media briefing today, 22 December at City Hall where they dismissed media claims that there was tension between them.

Gumede also corrected and placed on record that the City Manager has not been suspended or forced out of office as purported in the media. “The City Manager’s contract term ends on the 31st of December 2016. However, the City Manager will conclude his duties on 23 December 2016 to allow for continuity through an acting appointment by a special Council meeting, until such time as a permanent appointment is made,” Gumede said.

She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the City Manager for his diligent and professional service to the people of the city of Durban. “Both the City Manager and I would like to assure the public and City employees that the cohesion that exists within the Metro management will ensure a smooth transitional period.”

Gumede said Dumisile Nene, Deputy City Manager for Corporate and Human Resources Cluster, would act as the City Manager for three months or until the position has been permanently filled.

“The process to fill the position of the city manager has started. As per a decision taken at an in-committee Council meeting today, a recruitment agency will assist with filling the position to ensure the process is fair,” she said.

She said Sithole was one of the candidates who had applied for the position.

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Deputy Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele.

For more information members of the media can contact Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za