ENOCH Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) ex­ec­u­tive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nk­wentsha, OR Tambo dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Owen Hlazo, a Cogta rep­re­sen­ta­tive and ANC coun­cil­lor No­luthando Nqabisa will sit on the panel to se­lect the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s new mu­nic­i­pal man­ager.

EMLM has been with­out a per­ma­nent mu­nic­i­pal man­ager since last year’s merger of Tsol­wana, Lukhanji and Nk­wanca lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Coun­cil speaker Mzox­olo Peter said he did not have the mas­ter list that con­sisted of all the ap­pli­cants’ names and that strate­gic ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dono­van van Wyk was sup­posed to be in the meet­ing with the list, but was not there.

Gunuza-Nk­wentsha was also not in the meet­ing with act­ing mayor Luleka Gubula present.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gov­ern­ment Gazette, the se­lec­tion panel for the ap­point­ment of a mu­nic­i­pal man­ager must con­sist of three and not more than five mem­bers.

It must com­prise the mayor as the chair­per­son, a coun­cil­lor des­ig­nated by the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and at least one other per­son, who is not a coun­cil­lor or a staff mem­ber of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, who has ex­per­tise in the area of the ad­ver­tised post.

ANC coun­cil­lor Madoda Papiyana pro­posed that three peo­ple should serve on the panel with an added Cogta rep­re­sen­ta­tive as an ob­server. He also pro­posed OR Tambo Dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, Owen Hlazo, as hav­ing ex­per­tise in such ap­point­ment.

No fur­ther nom­i­nees for the ex­pert po­si­tion on the panel were pro­posed af­ter some coun­cil mem­bers sec­onded the pro­posed name.

UDM coun­cil­lor Mthuthuzeli Hokolo sought clar­ity about the pro­posed ex­pert, claim­ing not to know him.

Papiyana said Hlazo was one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced mu­nic­i­pal man­agers in the prov­ince who had served in gov­ern­ment for about 20 years.

United Front coun­cil­lor Aaron Mhlontlo cau­tioned any­one who would “frus­trate” the ap­point­ment process and urged the speaker to call a meet­ing if any­one tried to sab­o­tage the process.

DA coun­cil­lor Zuko Mandile said the pan­elists should con­sist of mem­bers from var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties and not only that of the ma­jor­ity.

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