Ex-poo pro­tester will be less flush in new job

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TSHEGO LEPULE

FOR­MER poo pro­tester Loy­iso Nkohla has se­cured another job with the City of Cape Town, but with a sub­stan­tial salary cut.

Nkohla, a for­mer ANC coun­cil­lor, was em­ployed by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Septem­ber fol­low­ing his cam­paign­ing for the DA dur­ing the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, but his con­tract ended last month. This was af­ter coun­cil­lor Ernest Son­nen­berg re­signed and became sub-coun­cil man­ager.

Nkohla’s ap­point­ment at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity raised eye­brows, both from the ANC and the DA, whose leader Mmusi Maimane called for his con­tract not to be re­newed and ques­tioned the crim­i­nal cases against him.

Nkohla and seven mem­bers of the Ses’khona Peo­ple’s Rights Move­ment were found guilty of throw­ing hu­man waste at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port in 2013.

He will now re­port to the new may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for in­for­mal set­tle­ments, util­i­ties and en­ergy, Xanthea Lim­berg, as a com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer.

Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille’s spokesper­son, Zara Ni­chol­son, said yesterday that Nkohla’s ap­point­ment was made at the dis­cre­tion of Lim­berg.

“The an­nual salary for the po­si­tion is ap­prox­i­mately R410 000,” Ni­chol­son added. Dur­ing his time as Son­nen­berg’s ad­viser, Nkohla earned more than R700 000 a year.

His new job came into ef­fect fol­low­ing De Lille’s shake-up of the may­oral com­mit­tee ear­lier this week.

The reshuf­fling in­tro­duced four “mini-may­ors” who will work with com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cers, whose man­date is to serve as go-be­tweens for the city.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the new role will in­clude en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties and in­form­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the city’s plans and projects in spe­cific ar­eas. The of­fi­cials will also meet with com­mu­ni­ties to help with con­flict res­o­lu­tions.

Nkohla held a large sup­port base from in­for­mal set­tle­ment dwellers dur­ing his time with the ANC, even af­ter his ex­pul­sion from the party for bring­ing it into dis­re­pute by dump­ing fae­ces dur­ing protests.

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