AN ATTEMPT to officially appoint Mod Ndoyana and Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni as senior managers in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was stopped in its tracks by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's office, which warned yesterday that hiring them would be a waste of the city's money.
Just minutes before the two were to be appointed by council, acting city manager Mpilo Mbambisa produced a letter from the national Treasury office which, without naming them, "strongly recommended" their appointments be rescinded.
The two were also part of the task team which promised striking workers increases without considering the financial implications. The move is a blow for mayor Ben Fihla, who is said to have insisted on their appointments earlier this year.
Former city manager Lindiwe Msengana- Ndlela complained, in her grievance letter to Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, that Fihla and his deputy, Chippa Ngcolomba, had placed undue political pressure on her to appoint Ndoyana as an acting executive director.
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