A former manager of the KwaMaphumulo local municipality, KZN Welcome Mhlongo has received a whopping R7 million as a golden handshake from the ANC-led metro.
This development was brought to light by IFP caucus chairman Msawenkosi Ngidi; during a council meeting last week. In August, the Labour Court in Durban, had mandated the ruling party to pay the huge sum of money to Mhlongo for axing him unfairly.
Reports had it that the former municipality manager was fired unjustly in 2011 after he was employed by the IFP in 2006. However, during the 2011 election; the ANC toppled the IFP in the region – after it won the metro.
Not long after emerging victorious, the ANC began to axe some officials; who were employed by the previous regime. Afterwards, Mhlongo was fired following accusations of maladministration
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In a bid to prove his innocence, he marched to the court over his non-objective dismissal. After the legal battle, the court ruled in his favour; ordering the municipality to reinstate him to his former position and also refund all the benefits and salary he had lost
IFP’s Ngidi confirmed that: “In total, Mhlongo has to be paid R8-million [which includes legal costs].” He said he was dismayed that the impoverished municipality would be paying such amount of money to the former manager.
He confessed that the municipality’s managers; since 2011 were temporarily employed and paid-off at the end of their service – which he said led to recession in the municipality.
“These previous managers were paid more than R500000 each for acting. This money would have been put to good use and provided rural people with basic necessities. We have written to the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).
Department expressing our concern but we haven’t received any positive feedback,” he lamented. Reacting, political parties in KwaZulu-Natal slammed the ANC for dishing out a whopping R7m to Welcome Mhlongo.
DA leader Zwakele Mncwango in KZN also expressed shock at the development.
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He said: “This is shocking and unheard of. This shows that the ANC has become power drunk and does not care about the fate of poor people.”
Meanwhile, KZN Cogta spokesman Lennox Mabaso has conམrmed that the municipality has hit the ground running on finding a permanent replacement.