In January this year, former mayor Makhosini Nkosi resigned from his post as mayor to join the Durban Bar of Advocates.
But it seems Advocate Nkosi has still been collecting a salary. That’s right, approximately R90 000 was paid to Nkosi for the months of January and February.
Councillors are furious about Nkosi still receiving a salary, considering his sudden resignation.
So furious are councillors, EFF councillor Musa Thwala, went as far as to question Nkosi’s integrity.
Thwala says as an advocate, Nkosi knows enough about the law and the municipality’s financial standing, to simply accept the salary. He says instead of bringing it to the attention of officials, he remained silent.
DA councillor Bebsie Cronje is threatening to report the matter to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).
She explains the steps to create a resolution on Nkosi’s resignation were constantly postponed up and till February. However, she feels this should not have stopped the municipality from processing Nkosi’s resignation and officially removing him from the payroll.
Cronje says if the money is not paid back as soon as possible, the matter will be taken to Cogta.
IFP councillor, Alex Liu concurs and says the matter will be pursued if steps are not taken to retrieve the money.
What does Advocate Nkosi have to say about the situation?
Nkosi denies remaining silent and claims, he contacted a member of the salaries department. He says, he was told as no resolution was taken on his resignation he was still technically on the payroll.
Municipal Manager Muzi Mayisela says he has since spoken to Nkosi. “I have spoken to Advocate Nkosi and he will be paying the money back,” he assures.
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