eMalahleni Municipal Manager and Officials To Pay Back the Money

ActionSA welcomes the finding by the Department of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) that eMalahleni Municipal Manager, Sizwe Mayisela, Chief Financial Officer, Jabulile Hlatswayo and Director of Corporate Services, Mandla Vilane, were unduly enriched with salary increases.

COGTA has resolved that Mayisela and 6 other officials must pay back every cent that has accrued to them as a result of the dubious transactions. 

Since 2017, ActionSA member, Ms Naritha Naidu, has tirelessly fought to have the eMalahleni Municipal Council rectify these unjustifiable salary increases. 

This included laying criminal charges against the Municipal Manager and former Mayor, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali.

Before she departed from office, Ntshalintshali approved salary increases for an anointed set of Section 56 managers. The increases came into effect in March 2018 and were gazetted without a resolution from the eMalahleni Municipal Council.

By the time Council approved the appointment of Mayisela as full-time Municipal Manager on 28 June 2018, he was already pocketing the maximum remuneration package of R1 885 277 – without the Council’s knowledge or approval. In terms of Section 54 & 56 of the Municipal Systems Act, Mayisela as Acting Municipal Manager, was only entitled to receive an annual package of R1.5 million. Through Ntshalintshali’s actions, Vilane and Hlatshwayo’s annual packages were also raised by R400 000 respectively. 

Given the town’s broken road infrastructure, sporadic water and electricity outages, and enormous Eskom debt (said to stand at over R5 billion), it is unconscionable that the people of eMalahleni continue to suffer under the ANC’s poor governance while ANC cadres gorge themselves on taxpayers’ money.

Corruption must have no place in our communities and within the halls of all our municipalities.

ActionSA maintains a zero-tolerance attitude to corruption. We expect every official to honour the rule of law and fight against criminality and corruption – not partake in it. 

ActionSA stands ready to provide an alternative to the broken political system that has failed South Africans. We stand ready to assemble a team of South Africans, committed to public service and not enriching themselves through criminality, who have the skills, experience and knowledge to achieve our vision for cities that work for all residents.