Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
2 minute read
29 Jun 2022
06:02

Mpac to probe Msunduzi mayor’s staff complement

Chris Ndaliso

Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla’s office is alleged to have an over-bloated staff complement while the cash-strapped Msunduzi battles with crumbling infrastructure and minimal service delivery.

Msunduzi Mayor, Mzimkhulu Thebolla

Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla’s office is alleged to have an over-bloated staff complement while the cash-strapped Msunduzi battles with crumbling infrastructure and minimal service delivery.

Of the staff, seven are his bodyguards, a former ANC councillor, Mahmood Oumar, alleges.

When asked for comment, Thebolla declined to confirm or refute the allegations about his staff complement.

Oumar’s concern and that of opposition parties is the over-bloated staff complement amid the City’s financial crisis and “rampant” expenditure on the mayor’s office while issues touching the ratepayers are taking a back seat.

Thebolla is alleged to have seven bodyguards, four interns, a communications officer, an official for special programmes, a manager in the mayor’s office, a senior manager for political support, and the youth centre with 12 staff in it.

The mayor played down the allegations without entertaining the request to confirm the exact number of his staff. In a texted message, he only said: “I cannot respond to a bitter and disgruntled person. This one is very bitter. He thinks the ANC owes him. That would be my comment.”

The Msunduzi municipal public accounts committee (Mpac) said it will investigate the allegations.

“Austerity measures must start at the top. In as far as his bodyguard count is concerned, we are concerned that the violent faction fighting within the ANC is indirectly sponsored by the ratepayers …”
ACDP councillor in Msunduzi, Rienus Niemand

Committee chairperson Zwelinjani Magubane said: “We will investigate this and check out the organogram of his [mayor’s] office. If it’s true, we can’t accept such wasteful expenditure …”

The ACDP said leaders should lead by example. Party councillor in Msunduzi, Rienus Niemand, said the municipality is in financial distress.

“Austerity measures must start at the top. In as far as his bodyguard count is concerned, we are concerned that the violent faction fighting within the ANC is indirectly sponsored by the ratepayers … The ACDP will pose a written question to establish the extent of the staff, including the bodyguards, and cost to the ratepayer,” said Niemand.