DA questions appointment of Alfred Nzo District Municipality Municipal Manager

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, must ensure that the best possible candidate is appointed as Municipal Manager of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality.  Last year the municipality was named the country’s worst area to live in, according to the South African Institute of Race Relation’s deprivation and comfort index.  Alfred Nzo was also among the ten worst when it came to irregular expenditure, according to recent findings by the Auditor-General.  Irregular expenditure in the municipality shot up from R188-million in 2014/15 to R405-million in 2015/16.

I have submitted legislature questions to MEC Xasa following the recent appointment of Zamile Sikhundla as Municipal Manager.  For my questions, click here:  S Magaqa questions for written reply- 5 Sep Alfred Nzo Municipal Manager appointment

I was informed that only two of the six people shortlisted for the job had been interviewed.  It has also been alleged that Mr Zamile does not have the necessary qualifications as stipulated in the Municipal Systems Act.  I want to ensure that everyone has fair access to jobs.

Mr Zamile has been acting Municipal Manager for two years, but that does not necessarily make him the best choice for the job.

The DA believes that it is of utmost importance that we grow the economy of the province to contribute to job creation and to reduce the unemployment rate.  For that to happen we must employ skilled and qualified civil servants.

What the Alfred Nzo District Municipality needs desperately, is proper financial management to stop the irregular expenditure and to make sure that funds are used for the delivery of basic services. — Sanele Magaqa MPL, Alfred Nzo Constituency Leader